The mission of the Fairfield County Commissioners’ Executive Team is to provide professional recommendations and implement the vision and policies of the County Board of Commissioners.  We work to ensure high quality services, with outstanding customers service at an exceptional value to taxpayers.  We foster economic and fiscal sustainability and enhance the County’s reputation as a high performing, learning, and caring organization.
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Steve Davis
Fairfield County
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David L. Levacy
Fairfield County
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Jeff Fix
Fairfield County
Carri L. Brown, PhD, MBA, CGFM
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Carri L. Brown, PhD, MBA, CGFM is the County Administrator for Fairfield County. The County Administrator acts as the chief administrative official of the county. She acts for, and formulates and implements policy on behalf of, the Board of County Commissioners.

Carri has also served as the Job and Family Services Director, Child Support Enforcement Agency Director, and Chief Deputy Auditor. Graduating summa cum laude, Carri holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Ohio University.  She also obtained a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Management, graduating with distinction.

For more than 25 years, she has provided executive level leadership while spearheading efforts that engage governments, non-profits, faith-based groups and businesses to achieve community results. She is a Certified Government Financial Manager and has earned more than 30 state and national best practice and achievement awards.    She is a member of the Academy of Management, the International Association of City/County Managers, and the Government Finance Officers Association of America.

She is also a member of the Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families, and she is a Commissioner for the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.  She serves as a member of the Coordinating Council for Ohio University-Lancaster. In 2005, she was honored as the Child Support Director of the year for Ohio.  For the past six years, she has served on the Executive Board for the United Way of Fairfield County.  She is a former Board of Trustee member for the multi-county Juvenile Detention Center. 

Carri lives in Lancaster with her husband, Stephen (Cork), an attorney. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Aundrea Cordle
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Aundrea Cordle is the newly appointed Deputy County Administrator for Fairfield County and is currently serving as the Acting County Administrator. During her 30 years of service with Fairfield County she has served as the Director of Fairfield County Job and Family Services and as the County’s Human Resources Director.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication and Master of Business Administration degrees from Ohio University and is certified as a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) through the Society of Human Resource Management.  Aundrea is active in the community and volunteers her time for the local schools and other non-profit organizations within Fairfield County.  She currently serves on the board of directors for The Fairfield County Foundation, Lancaster Festival, the Ohio Public Employers Labor Relations Association, and the National Public Employers Labor Relations Association.
Rachel A. Elsea
Rachel Elsea has served as the Commissioners’ Clerk since February 2013.  Prior to joining the Commissioners Office she was the Constituent Services Director and Service Academies Coordinator for former Congressmen Steve Austria and Dave Hobson.

As Clerk, Rachel maintains the Commissioners’ schedule, prepares and processes resolutions, prepares meeting agendas, and records meeting minutes.   Rachel serves as a Public Information Officer for Fairfield County and also manages the Commissioners’ Office social media accounts.  She helps organize events such as the Leadership Conference, quarterly Roundtables, and the County Surplus Auction.

Rachel graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2008 with a major in Business Management. She resides in Lancaster with her husband, Charles, and three children.
Staci A. Knisley
Staci Knisley has been employed by the Fairfield County Commissioners since December 1997.  She served as the Assistant Fiscal Clerk and the Fiscal Clerk prior to her current position of Budget Officer. 

As Budget Officer, Ms. Knisley serves as the primary staff member responsible for providing technical support to the County Administrator.  Along with preparing reports for analysis, she assists in the daily administrative functions of the Commissioners’ Office and its multiple departments.  Ms. Knisley greets and assists the public; assists with the management of financial projects; analyzes financial activity; prepares resolutions relating to appropriations and transfers; assists departments with a variety of financial requests and reporting; assists with budget forecasting; responds to public records requests; and approves purchase orders for all county departments under the Commissioners’ appropriating authority. 

In addition to her daily duties, she is responsible for approving invoices; assists with the preparation of annual tax budget, the annual interim budget, and the final county budget in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.  She also serves as the first point of contact for the management of financial activity for multiple grants the Commissioners’ office has received.

Her projects have included working with the County Auditor’s office to centralize the current financial system to improve efficiency, consolidating the county’s phone system after converting from analog to digital services, and organizing information for a work group reviewing storage needs.  She serves as a backup to the Clerk to the Board, assisting with the Commissioners’ agenda and meeting minutes when needed.

Ms. Knisley serves as the Airport Authority Board’s Clerk.  Also, she is a member of the Fairfield County Republican Central Committee.  She resides in Lancaster with her husband, Steve, and son, Jacob.
Christina A. Foster
Christina Foster has been employed by the Fairfield County Commissioners since January 1998.  She served as the Mail Clerk before she was promoted to her current position of Administrative Assistant to the Board of Commissioners. 

As Administrative Assistant, Ms. Foster provides administrative support to the Board of Commissioners and County Administrator.  Ms. Foster's daily primary responsibilities include greeting and assisting the public, answering incoming phone calls, processing financial records, and providing general clerical support.  Ms. Foster maintains payroll and related records for the Commissioners’ Office; Economic Development; Facilities Operations Management; Human Resources; Emergency Management Agency; Dog Shelter; and Family, Adult & Children First Council.  She also enters purchase orders, processes requests for use of the county buildings, and maintains the office inventory of supplies. 

In addition to her daily duties, she is responsible for paying prisoner medical invoices, processing auto insurance claims, assisting with accounts payable functions, managing property tax exemption records, and submitting drainage maintenance assessments to the County Auditor.  Her projects have included researching Medicare reimbursements, which resulted in a recovery of county funds of more than $140,000.  She also serves as a backup to the Budget Officer, processing bill payments, approving purchase orders, and managing Community Development Block Grant projects as needed.

Ms. Foster resides in Stoutsville with her husband, Jeff, and two children, Ryley and McKenzie.
Emylee Gussler
Emylee Gussler has been employed by the Fairfield County Commissioners since January 2021. She serves as the Clerical Specialist to the Board of Commissioners. Prior to joining the Commissioners’ Office, she worked as Administrative Support at The Ohio EPA in the Division of Drinking and Ground Water, in Logan Ohio.

As Clerical Specialist, Ms. Gussler provides clerical assistance to the three Commissioners and County Administrator. She also assists in daily office support to the Commissioners’ administrative staff and Commissioners’ departments. Ms. Gussler’s daily primary responsibilities include greeting and assisting the public; answering incoming phone calls; and processing accounts payable. Ms. Gussler archives the Commissioners’ resolutions and meeting minutes into the Commissioners’ Journal.

In addition to her daily duties, she is responsible for collecting airport hangar rent; collecting utility and rent payments for various agencies; and processing reimbursement payments for the court appointed attorneys’ fees from the State of Ohio. She also serves in a support role to the other administrative staff with purchase order assistance and as a backup for payroll related tasks when needed.

Emylee graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in English.  She resides in Pleasant Township with her husband, Ben. They have two adult children.