Coweta Board of Commissioners

Fouts to replace Gay as county administrator

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Jeffrey Leo

Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay has been attending county commission meetings from the audience — instead of from his longtime seat at the staff table, for the past several months, as he readies for retirement.

Michael Fouts will be Coweta County’s new county administrator. 

Fouts, who joined Coweta County government in 2005 as assistant director of information technology, will become county administrator upon the retirement of long-time County Administrator Theron Gay. 

Gay’s retirement will go into effect on July 5. The commissioners accepted Gay’s retirement letter following the executive session at their April 2 meeting. 

Fouts was named the new administrator at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. 

The commissioners voted to go with the staff recommendation on the future county administrator. 

And that “would be Mr. Fouts,” said Commissioner Tim Lassetter. 

Lassetter spoke briefly about Gay before the motion to go with the staff recommendation, which was made by Paul Poole.

“We’re going to hate to see him go,” Poole said. 

“We appreciate all the effort and everything that you have done for this great entity of Coweta and the citizens,” he told Gay.

“I know there are big shoes to fill,” Lassetter said. “Fortunately you have surrounded yourself with the right people and I’m sure you feel confident in moving forward.”

“I’m extremely honored to have worked under Mr. Gay’s leadership for the last seven-and-a-half years and to now have the opportunity to serve in the role of county administrator following his retirement,” Fouts said on Wednesday. 

Fouts said he is committed to “serve with integrity and maintain conservative management practices providing an efficient and cost-effective local government. 

“I’m confident that with the leadership of the board [of commissioners] and our remarkable employees, we will serve the citizens in preserving and continuing to grow our vibrant community, where families and businesses are successful.”

Fouts was born in Clayton County; his family moved to Coweta in 1992. Fouts received a bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College in 2003, and began his career as a network manager at the college. After being hired as Coweta’s Information Technology assistant director, he was promoted to director in 2009. Fouts was named assistant county administrator in 2012. 

Fouts and his wife, Jane, an operating room nurse, have two children, ages 7 and 4, and live in Moreland. 



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