Email: Cheri Hobson-Matthews
Cheri Hobson-Matthews has been serving Henry County as its County Manager since 2017, but began her professional career in 2001 gaining a wealth of city, county and federal experience. She is a graduate and Eisenhower Fellow of Alabama A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Planning & Urban Studies, specializing in Environmental Planning. She continued her education, going on to earn her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, specializing in transportation planning.
She has been a member of the American Planning Association since 1995, and previously worked with the City of Decatur in Alabama, and the Federal Highway Administration-Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.
Cheri began her career with Henry County in 2002 as a Planner II and was promoted within the organization to Chief Planner, then to Director and Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning and Director of Transportation Planning, where she managed a $1.2 million Comprehensive Transportation Plan, winning top honors from the Georgia Planning Association for Outstanding Planning Document. She continued to rise through the ranks to become the Interim Division Director for Community Development in which she supervised the Planning and Zoning, Building, GIS and Community Development Block Grant departments. Continuing her career path by gaining valuable experience and knowledge, she served as Deputy County Manager prior to being appointed County Manager.
In addition to her busy role as County Manager where she oversees a workforce of nearly 1,700 employees and manages a $160 million budget, she also lends her time and talents to various charitable and civic endeavors, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Leadership Henry and as a Board Member for Prevent Child Abuse Henry County.
Cheri resides in Henry County with her husband and two daughters.