City Manager, Charles L. Coney
Charles L. 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 City Manager for our beloved, Hampton, Georgia, he is the Chief Administrator of day-to-day operations while at the same time helping us towards our future. Coney comes to Hampton with more than 25 years of professional experience in community development, human resources, IT, administration, and finance. Most recently, he served as Assistant County Manager for Georgia’s fourth largest city, Macon-Bibb County Consolidated Government and as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Ben Hill County Board of Education. In addition, Coney serves his hometown community, Fitzgerald, as an elected City Councilman with prior experience as the Mayor Pro Tem and Chairman of the Finance Committee among other leadership positions. 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, National League of Cities, Georgia Municipal Association, Government Finance Officers Association, Georgia School Board Association, Japan-America Society of Georgia, 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.
City Clerk, Melissa Brooks
City Clerk Melissa Brooks, a Hampton resident, is the newest addition to the Hampton Leadership Team. Previously, she served as the City Clerk for the City of College Park for seven years. There her oversight responsibilities included, but was not limited to, Issuance of Occupation Tax Certificates; Issuance of Alcohol Licenses; Collection and Reporting of Hotel/Motel Taxes; Reporting of Car Rental Tax; Reporting of Alcohol Mixed Drink Tax; Reporting of Wholesale Liquor Tax; All aspects of Municipal Elections; Pension Board Administration; Building Maintenance; Filing all required County and State legal documents; Member of Strategic Planning Initiative Team; and Liaison for 2020 Census. In addition, she was responsible for maintaining integrity and transparency in the Office of the City Clerk. She managed all official records of the City and fulfilled open records requests from government agencies, the media and the public. During her years of serving as Deputy City Clerk, Melissa assumed full responsibility of the Office in the absence of the City Clerk.
Prior to her Clerk experience, Melissa served as Executive Assistant to the College Park Mayor and City Council from 1999 to 2012. In that capacity, she was responsible for representing the Mayor and City Council, performing high-level, confidential, executive, and administrative duties. These responsibilities included scheduling, programming, public relations, and Legislative Budget oversight. To better serve the needs of the elected officials, staff and the public, she often served as the “unofficial” ombudsman for the Legislative Branch.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Business Management from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia and received her Certificate as a Georgia Certified Clerk from the Georgia Clerks Education Institute Certificate Program which is jointly sponsored by the Georgia County Clerks Association (GCCA) and the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association (GMC/FOA). She also has a Certificate in Business Administration from Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama. Melissa is a Certified Elections Superintendent, Member of the Georgia Records Association, and a Member of the International Municipal Clerks Association.
Director of Human Resources, Cris Randall
Cris Randall, comes to Hampton from the City of DeKalb, Illinois, where she served as the Human Resources Director for nearly three years. Before serving DeKalb, Randall worked for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, where she served as the Management Services Director overseeing the Human Resources and Information Technology operations of the Fire District. Randall also served other distinct communities such as the Village of Hanover Park, Illinois and for the City of Lawrence, Kansas. With over seventeen (17) years in local government, her experience comprises all facets of human resources, including administration of employee benefits and workers’ compensation, payroll, risk management, recruitment and retention, classification and compensation, performance evaluation management, succession planning, training and development, labor relations and human resources information systems administration as well as private industry experience in computer programming, web design and data system’s administration.
Randall earned a Bachelor’s degree, with distinctions, in Justice Studies with emphasis in Human Resources Management from Fort Hays State University, Kansas and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration. She earned several employee recognition awards throughout her career for her dedicated service to the public sector. Most recently, she received the renowned James Baird Leadership Award from the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association, recognizing leadership and achievement in Illinois’ public sector labor relations. Randall is also certified Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute (PHR), Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP) and Certified Labor Relations Professional by the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CLRP). She is an active participant in several public sector professional organizations.