Alex Cohilas serves as the City Manager for the City of Hampton. With a population of over 8,000 citizens, the City of Hampton is becoming a city of rising prominence, located in the southwestern region of Henry County. Cohilas, hired in May of 2019, oversees daily operations of the City of Hampton, as well as management of the city’s utility services. Cohilas reports to the mayor and city council.
Cohilas comes to Hampton with more than 40 years of governmental experience having served in several executive leadership roles, including Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Clayton County, Georgia. While in Clayton, Cohilas built a nationally recognized Fire/EMS service while serving as Fire Chief and EMA Director. As Deputy and Chief Operating Officer, Cohilas supervised twenty-one department heads, managed a $200M annual operating budget and oversaw a $300M SPLOST program.
Cohilas is a Certified Public Manager through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute and holds numerous certifications through Georgia’s Public Safety Academy, including Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief, Chief Officer and is a graduate of the University of Maryland Staff and Command Course. Cohilas also has a strong background in employment law, having worked seven years as an investigator for one of Georgia’s premiere employment law firms specializing in age, race and sexual discrimination cases. In addition, Cohilas studied construction management at Atlanta Technical College.
Happily married, Cohilas enjoys the company of his large and extended family. In his "spare time" he enjoys reading, traveling, sports, motorcycling, billiards … and not always in that order.