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Mayor Ronnie Johnston

City of Covington

phone: 770.262.1001 email:

Year Elected - 2012 and began his four year term as
Mayor of Covington on January 1, 2012. Reelected in 2015 and began his second term in 2016.


Ronnie attended Valdosta State University

Work Experience

Currently a Business Consultant
1984 - 2011 Chief Operating Officer
Nanston, Inc. Norcross, Georgia

Responsible for operations of a large group dental practice with $48MM in annual revenues and 500 + employees in Georgia. Worked directly with the President to manage and oversee all financial and business planning activities, including:

  • Direct and administer all financial plans/policies.
  • Oversee business policies and practices
  • Review and analyze Profit and Loss Statements upon completion
  • Support and advise the President in the decision making process
  • Lead and support organizational budgeting processes
  • Oversee reporting and monitoring of organizational performance metrics
  • Provide financial oversight and monitoring of 15 dental practices
  • Ensure that relevant financial data is presented to Accounting
  • Manage and oversee operations, which included working with the doctors, hygienists, office managers and staff
  • Reduced cost of dental and office supplies through use of formularies and budgets
  • Responsible for overall patient satisfaction and retention
  • Served on many committees during tenure such as Nanston, Inc./Nanston Dental Group Board of Directors, Committee of Professional Directors
  • Administer risk management and legal activities (contracts with vendors, health plans, leases, and contracts with doctors)
  • Work closely with Director of IT to ensure the ongoing maintenance and updating of information systems and infrastructure, including hardware, software and any other applications necessary
  • Organizational reporting and monitoring: provide guidance and leadership through management meetings and measurement reporting process
  • Office management: oversee administrative functions of all dental practices to ensure smooth daily operations
  • Staff liaison to the company Board Members


I was born and raised in DeKalb County where I graduated from Lakeside High School in 1982. I went on to play college football at Valdosta State before coming home to work in the family business. For the next 25 years I started my family and worked on growing the business. In 2008, I moved here with my wife Kelley and our four children, where we have found our life-long home in Covington.