Nicole Love Hendrickson was sworn in Monday as chairwoman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.
She is the first African American to hold the position, according to a Gwinnett County press release.
Hendrickson’s ceremony, as well as the two last week for District 1 Commissioner Kirkland Carden and District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins III, was done with COVID-19 precautions in place.
"It is my highest honor to serve as Chairwoman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners," Hendrickson said. "My promise to you is that we will work to make Gwinnett County a community where economic opportunity is abundant for everyone, a community where affordability isn’t a luxury and a community that leads in regional connectivity."
Hendrickson first joined Gwinnett County Government in 2015 as the founding director of the County’s Community Outreach program. As director, she launched several community-based initiatives such as the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and the Gwinnett Youth Commission. Prior to her work with the community outreach program, Hendrickson served as the associate director of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.
Returning commissioners Ben Ku in District 2 and Marlene Fosque in District 4 round out the five-member board.