“If you want to know a man, listen to his heart, and analyze his history.” His passion and dedication should be obvious through his actions. I was born and raised here in Henry County. In fact, I am a proud product of the Henry County School System. My family has resided in this area for the better part of 6 generations and during that time have made numerous contributions to the citizens of the County.
For example, my grandmother, as a midwife delivered 750 babies in Henry County and surrounding counties. My Uncle was one of the first African American elected officials to the Stockbridge City Council. My families DNA is intertwined within the very fabric of Henry County, specifically in the areas of farming, education, medicine, and service to mankind. We trace our roots back more than a century. My uncle was one of the first African Americans elected to serve on the Stockbridge City Council.
My education, employment history, and international travel experience uniquely qualifies me to be elected District 4 Henry County Commissioner. Upon graduation with a Bachelors degree in Organizational Communications from Valdosta State University, I entered federal service, where I worked until my recent retirement for a period of almost 27 years. My entire career has been in the area of inspections and investigations, holding positions of increasing authority to include investigator with the office of Personnel Management, investigator with the Equal Opportunity Commission, personnel security specialist with the Department of Energy, special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration, federal security director with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as having served in the capacity of diplomat while representing US security interest throughout Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. I retired from federal service during December 2017, and I am now able to dedicate my services to the people of Henry County.
I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon. My grandmother always said anything worth having is worth working hard for. While growing up here in Henry County, my family didn’t have a lot of material possessions. What we had was more important than wealth. We had a sense of family, love, and dedication to community. My mother never a met a person that she didn’t help when called upon. Since her passing, her dedication to assisting others has been embed in my heart.
For several years I have served on a volunteer basis as a youth counselor for at-risk teens at the Youth Challenge Academy, located at Ft. Stewart. My philanthropy and dedication to youth include providing out of pocketbook scholarships to a number of historically disadvantaged students at Valdosta State University. In addition, I served as the chief organizer and chairperson during the establishment of the Alpha Phi Alpha scholarship/endowment. I currently serve as a mentor for a number of youthful offenders serving time in Georgia prisons and have done so consistently for a period of five (5) years.
I have displayed prolonged dedication and service within my church home at Mt. Olive Baptist Church for a period of 35 years. Not only am I a member, I have also served in positions of leadership within the church throughout my tenure, having served as the Men’s Ministry President, a member of the Board of Trustees, and several of the church’s choirs.
In closing, as stated above, if you want to know a man, don’t listen to his words, “Listen to his heart, and look at his history.” I feel strongly that my demonstrated experience in the areas of mediation, security, diplomacy, management, international travel, and human compassion are a unique skill set that will serve as an asset to the citizens of Henry County.
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