Hall County Government Attorney Van Stephens and Emergency Management Agency Director Casey Ramsey will soon serve in new roles.
According to a news release from Hall County Government, Stephens will serve in his role as County Attorney in-house, as opposed to externally with Gainesville-based law firm Stewart, Melvin & Frost.
Stephens has served as the government's attorney since September 2019. His first day as Hall County’s in-house counsel is set for January 18.
“Van brings over 35 years of experience to Hall County, and his expertise has already proven invaluable to our organization,” said Hall County Administrator Jock Connell. “Bringing the County Attorney position in-house is a natural move as this county continues to grow and develop, and it will surely benefit both staff and the public as our need for access to that type of legal advisement continues to grow along with our county.”
Stewart, Melvin & Frost will continue as external County Attorney pending Board of Commissioner approval, according to the release.
Ramsey will expand in his role as EMA director to now also oversee Hall County’s Central Communications Division, also known as E-911. Personnel with the Central Communications Division have previously reported to the the Management Information Systems Department.
“Casey has been extremely instrumental in Hall County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, severe weather preparation and a number of other high-level issues, including the response to the recent cyberattack,” Connell said. “We are looking forward to his leadership in this expanded role.”
According to the release, personnel with the Hall County EMA division, including the director, previously reported to Hall County Fire Services and its chief. Now this division and E-911 will report to the County Administrator's office.
Like Stephens, Ramsey will start in his new role on January 18.