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Smith County Administrator to Begin New Opportunity

After serving the county for a decade, Smith County Administrator and Human Resources Director Leonardo Brown is stepping down to pursue another career opportunity.

“I have accepted another employment opportunity that will allow me to further my desire to positively impact the lives of as many people as I can, both personally and professionally, at a greater level,” Brown said.

The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to accept Brown’s resignation from the county.

Brown began working for Smith County as Human Resources Director in January 2009, and added County Administrator to his duties in October 2014.

“I appreciate the opportunities that have been afforded me during my 10-plus years of employment with Smith County.”

Next month, he will leave Smith County to take on the role of County Administrator for Richland County, South Carolina.

“Leonardo Brown is a genuine example of a leader of character who has proven himself time and time again,” Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said. “Though I am saddened by his departure from Smith County, I am thrilled for him personally to have such an excellent opportunity in a larger community. South Carolinians are soon to find out what we in Smith County, Texas, have known for years – Leonardo Brown is extraordinary in both his personal and professional life, and he will make an indelible positive mark on their community in the coming years, just as he has on ours these past 10 years.”

Commissioner JoAnn Hampton said Brown has been excellent in working with county employees, managing the county’s health insurance and as a liaison between the Commissioners Court and department heads.

“Leonardo has been a great asset to the county,” she said. “He is an outstanding person and I am truly sad that he is leaving Smith County. But I am happy that he has been given this opportunity to help another community the way he has helped ours.”

Commissioner Jeff Warr said it has been an “absolute pleasure” to work with Brown.

“He is a man of the highest integrity who has true, God-given people skills. He and his lovely family will be missed, but I’m proud of this opportunity for him,” Commissioner Warr said.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a 1994 graduate of C.E. Byrd Math/Science Magnet, Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Dillard University in 1998. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University (Shreveport) and his Certified Public Manager credentials from Stephen F. Austin State University.

He has more than 20 years of progressive management and leadership experience in both the private and public sector. Brown and his wife, Kyntoshia Brown, have two sons.

“Leonardo has been a great asset to Smith County, and he truly will be missed,” Commissioner Terry Phillips said.

Commissioner Cary Nix thanked him for his service to Smith County.

“Leonardo has been such a tremendous asset to not only me, but the people of Smith County,” Commissioner Nix said. “You don’t replace a person like him easily. I wish him nothing but the best in this new chapter in his and his family’s life.”

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