Interim County Manager
Offices of the County Manager
700 Poplar Street Macon, GA 31201
P: (478) 751 7170
The County Manager for Macon-Bibb County serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and acts as the Director of the Department of the Administration. The County Manager advises the Mayor on the performance of designated duties; coordinates the activities of the departments; carries out the written directives of the Mayor; makes periodic reports to the Mayor and Commissioners; and any other duties as assigned.
The County Manager’s Office is structured in a way to align services and projects to the Mission, Vision, and Goals as determined by the Commission.
Interim County Manager
Mayor Robert Reichert has named Judd Drake as the Interim County Manager for Macon-Bibb County effective immediately. Mr. Drake came to Macon in October 2011 as the City’s Senior Assistant Attorney and was named Interim City Attorney in by Mayor Robert Reichert in November 2012. Since 2014, Judd Drake has served as County Attorney for the consolidated government of Macon-Bibb County. Prior to serving at the City of Macon, Judd practiced law in his hometown of Metter, Georgia for more than eleven years. His law practice focused on representing clients in matters related to local government law, education law, and real estate. He served as Candler County attorney for eleven years beginning in 1999 and as attorney for the Candler County Board of Education from 2001-2004. After serving as the Chief Magistrate Court Judge of Candler County from 2000-2004, Mr. Drake was elected State Court Judge of Candler County and served until he began his work in Macon. Judd Drake received his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Georgia and his law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. Mr. Drake also currently serves as part-time pastor of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in East Dublin, Georgia. He and his married to the former Lee Abernathy of Cartersville, Georgia. They are blessed to have three wonderful children: Abby, age 19; Austin, age 17; and Maddox, age 11. Judd enjoys spending time with his family and following the Georgia Bulldogs.
Assistant County Manager
Charles Coney is a seasoned business consultant with experience in private and public sectors where he has partnered with clients towards improved processes, streamlined procedures, and value-added customer services. As the Assistant County Manager, Mr. Coney is responsible for oversight and coordination of the daily operations of Macon-Bibb County.
Coney comes to Macon-Bibb with more than 25 years of professional experience in community development, human resources, IT, administration, and finance. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer with the Bibb County Board of Commissioners and as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Ben Hill County Board of Education.
He is a summa cum laude MBA graduate from Keller University with a concentration in Project Management and Human Resources. Coney earned his Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University, studied Industrial Engineering at Mercer University, and graduated with an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology from Middle Georgia College. Additionally, he has received extensive municipal training and certifications from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at The University of Georgia.
Coney has membership and/or service with the International City/County Management Association, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia School Board Association, Boys & Girls Club of America, National School Board Association, Society for Human Resource Management, National Society of Professional Engineers, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Certified Literate Community Program, American Payroll Association, and the Project Management Institute.
Assistant to the County Manager for Budget & Strategic Planning
Julie Moore has almost 20 years professional experience and serves as Assistant to the County Manager for Budget & Strategic Planning. In this role, Moore is responsible for Macon-Bibb County’s strategic plan, annual budget development process, entitlement and project-based grants, and the strategic, capital, and operational planning process. She has developed four budgets in the first two years of the consolidated government, and has led the process which reduced the budget by 18% from the combined budgets of the two former governments.
Moore also helped develop Macon-Bibb County’s first Forward Together Strategic Plan, which earned a Silver Circle Award from the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) in the Printed Publication (Other). In the comments, the judges said of the Plan: “Overall a great project – well executed and designed. Clean and thorough. Great use of graphics, infographics, and design. Citizens had to feel informed with this nicely designed strategic plan document. Good use of photos and a great starting point for a new government. Very nice.”
Prior to this position with Macon-Bibb, Moore served the City of Macon first as Grants Manager and then as Acting Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. Before working with city government, she was Executive Director of Education First for 10 years, a Regional Sales Representative with Edulink Systems, and a Classroom Teacher with the Griffin-Spalding County School System.
Moore is currently pursuing her National Grants Management Certification and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Chapman University. A 2005 Graduate of Leadership Macon, she was on the Georgia Planning Team for Knowledge Works and National Commission on Teaching and the Future and was in the inaugural class of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs
With more than a decade of public relations and communications experience, nine of which has been at the executive level, Chris Floore serves Macon-Bibb County as Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs. In this role, he manages a team that is strengthening direct and two-way communication between the government and the public. The team consists of strategic communication, public relations, media relations, multimedia services, customer service, graphic design, marketing, and crisis communication.
In September 2015, Floore was named Communicator of the Year by the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) in recognition of his many contributions to local government community relations and public affairs. He also helped develop Macon-Bibb County’s first Forward Together Strategic Plan, which earned a Silver Circle Award from 3CMA in the Printed Publication (Other).
Prior to Macon-Bibb County, Floore served as the Director of Public Affairs for the City of Macon and Director of Public Relations and Public Relations Specialist for the Bibb County School District, managing media relations, communication planning, crisis response, and executive communications. During that time, he helped develop and implement a crisis communication plan that has been recognized statewide and was the basis for an article published in PRNews’ Crisis Management Guidebook, Vol. 6.
He earned his Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (Public Relations from Kent State University and Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He is a 2010 Graduate of Leadership Macon and a member of the 2013 Class of Georgia Forward’s Young Gamechangers program, and he is frequently called upon for communication support and consultation for local nonprofits and organizations.
Floore is a leader on several professional and community boards, including on:
- the 3CMA Board of Directors;
- the Board of Montessori of Macon, where his son attends school;
- the Executive and Endowment Committees for the Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA); and
- the United Way of Central Georgia Board of Trustees,
Previously, he has served as the Co-Chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission, as a member of the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division’s Leadership Council, as a member of the American Red Cross Central Georgia Board of Directors.
About the Macon-Bibb Youth Commission The 2016-2017 school year will be the fourth year Macon-Bibb County has sponsored the Macon-Bibb Youth Commission, which is part of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s (ACCG) Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS). (The former Bibb County participated for the two years prior to consolidation.) More than 30 students participated in the program during the 2015-2016 school year, and videos and news about their trips can be found in the links below. Students in the Youth Commission will see how government works, what’s changing through consolidation, and how they can be involved with and improve the community now and in the future. Throughout the course of the year, students will take part in team-building exercises, attend Commission meetings, tour county facilities, visit the State Capitol, attend the ACCG Conference in Savannah, and interact with local and state leaders.