Friday, February 23, 2001

Three Fulton managers named

Fulton County Manager Tom Andrews has selected three senior managers to fill key County positions.

The appointments are Jerome Noble, purchasing director; Steven Cover, environment and community development director; and John C. Lavelle, land administrator.

Noble, who is currently serving as the interim director of the county's Purchasing Department, has almost three decades of management and administrative experience at the city, county, state and federal levels of government.

Prior to his current position, Noble was deputy director-administration for the county's Public Works Department from 1997 to 2000. Previously, he was a senior associate for two years with P. J. Noble & Associates Inc., Columbia, S.C.

He also has worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation as director of public transportation from 1983 to 1995.

Noble holds a master's degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Cover, who has over 20 years experience as a planner, most recently was director of planning and branch manager for McCrone Inc., Annapolis, Md., a position he held since 1999. Briefly, he was vice president and director of planning for Daft McCune Walker Inc., Towson, Md.

From 1995 to 1999, Cover was director of the Planning and Code Enforcement Department, Anne Arundel County, Md.

Cover holds two master's degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, one in city planning and the other in architecture.

Lavelle, before accepting his current position with Fulton County, worked for Smith Real Estate Services, Atlanta, as director of right of way and program manager for five years. He was a member of the city of Atlanta/Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors from 1992 to 1995.

Previously, he was president of Atlanta-based Lavelle and Associates, which provided real estate valuation and consultation services, from 1989 to 1992.

He also has worked as an appraiser for the California Federal Savings and Loan from 1986 to 1989 and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority from 1981 to 1986.

Lavelle holds a master's degree in public administration from Georgia State University.

Noble's appointment is effective Feb. 9, Lavelle will be on board by Feb. 28 and Cover will join the county March 7.

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