All day-to-day city operations, administration, procurement, and budgeting are managed through the City Manager's Office. The City Manager's Office is a city department that includes the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager, the City Clerk, and the Deputy City Clerk. The Office oversees all city departments to serve the needs of the nearly 55,000 residents of Stonecrest.
Acting City Manager
Janice Allen Jackson is the Acting City Manager for Stonecrest and chief operating officer of city government. She is responsible for daily operations and overseeing all city departments.
Throughout her career, Ms. Jacksons has always enjoyed bringing major projects to fruition, building public trust in government, and empowering staff to become their best and most productive. Her unique talents revolve around her willingness to address issues head on with honesty, sincerity, and integrity, and in so doing, bring people closer to the organizations that serve them, and employees closer to the organizations for which they work. She has served as City Manager of Albany, GA, Administrator of the consolidated Augusta, GA government, Assistant City Manager in Albany, and a General Manager reporting directly to the County Manager in Mecklenburg County, NC.
Some of her professional, civic, and academic achievements include active roles in:
- United Way in Augusta, Albany, and the Central Carolinas
- International and Georgia City-County Manager's Associations
- National Forum for Black Public Administrators
- Institute for Social Capital at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Board member)
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Diamond Life member)
- Rotarian/Paul Harris Fellow
- Public Policy Analysis and Management Fellow (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management)
- College of William and Mary – first interdisciplinary major in Public Policy with concentration in Urban Policy
- Duke University – Master’s in Public Policy with Management concentration
- Good Shepherd Baptist Church – member and Vacation Bible School teacher
Deputy City Manager
Jim Nichols is the Deputy City Manager for Stonecrest and directly supports the Acting City Manager in daily operations.
Mr. Nichols holds degrees in engineering from Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut as well as a Public Management certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He began his engineering career in Connecticut and then moved to Washington state where he first entered public service as a Project Engineer with the City of Olympia. Mr. Nichols has had an extensive career in local government executive management around the US, having served over 17 years as Assistant/Deputy City Manager amongst other executive roles for communities around Texas, Arizona and Nevada. He has also developed a significant overseas element to his career path, having taught engineering at a university in China while also working with and for cities in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and most recently, Honduras. Mr. Nichols is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Arizona, Nevada and Washington as well as a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He remains an active member of both ICMA and the American Public Works Association (APWA).
The City Clerk's primary responsibility is to maintain permanent records for the City of Stonecrest including all minutes of the City Council, ordinances and resolutions adopted by Council and contracts for the City. The Clerk attends Council meetings, transcribes minutes and prepares them for permanent record, as well as providing administrative support to the Mayor, City Council, and the City Manager's Office. In addition, the Clerk is responsible for giving proper notice of Council meetings, assisting with agenda preparation, certifying documents, and codifying the City Code.
Deputy City Clerk
The Deputy Clerk has the authority to exercise and perform powers and duties of the City Clerk in the City Clerk's absence.The Deputy City Clerk is responsible for assisting and supporting the City Clerk in a variety of administrative support activities and providing procurement services for the City of Stonecrest. Work also involves assisting with the maintenance of official City documents and assisting the City Clerk in indexing, filing and safekeeping of all Council proceedings in accordance with general statutes and local ordinances, and providing administrative support for the Mayor, City Council, and the City Manager's Office.
Sonya Isom is the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Stonecrest.