Moultrie Observer


August 15, 2012

Colquitt County government

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County has more than 45,498 residents, 280 employees and a general budget of $19.96 million for fiscal year 2012.

The 2011 net millage rate for unincorporated areas is 13.221, for incorporated areas 16.972 and in the special service district 2.93.


Board of Commissioners

Six commissioners are elected from their respective districts for four-year terms. The chairman is elected county-wide for a four-year term. Commission Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 (chairman) are staggered with the terms of Commission Districts 2, 4 and 6.

District 1: Luke P. Strong Jr.; 20 First St. N.E.; Moultrie, GA 31768; home: 985-5747; work: 890-1717. Strong, 65, a mortician, took office in 1987.

District 2: Winfred Giddens; 593 Ellis May Road, Moultrie, GA 31788; home: 324-2890; Giddens, 71, is retired from Colquitt EMC and began his first term Jan. 1, 2009.

District 3: Terry Clark; 23 Old Tram Road; Moultrie, GA 31768; home: 985-4515. Clark, 61, a farmer, took office Jan. 1, 2007.

District 4: Billy Herndon; 946 J.D. Herndon Road; Moultrie, GA 31768; home: 985-7963. Herndon, 71, a retired farmer, began service on the board in 1993.

District 5: Ray Saunders; P.O. Box 177; Doerun, GA 31744; 782-5741; work: 890-6570. Saunders, 73, a farmer, has served on the board since 1999.

District 6: Johnny Hardin; P.O. Box 2412; Moultrie, GA 31776; work: 985-7383, home: 985-7332. Hardin, 62, took office April 2006.

District 7: John B. “Benny” Alderman; 237 Mack Dekle Road; Moultrie, GA 31768; 985-6620. Alderman, 77, a retired businessman; took office Jan. 1, 2007.


County Administrator

Bryan Shuler 616-7404


The county administrator is the chief executive officer of the county and the head of the administrative branch of county government. The administrator is appointed by a majority vote of the Board of Commissioners and is responsible to the board for the proper administration of all affairs of the county.

The administrator appoints and removes all officers and employees of the county except the county attorney and the county physician.

The administrator sees that all rules and regulations are enforced, exercises control over all departments, prepares and submits the annual budget and keeps the board fully advised of the financial condition and needs of the county.


County Clerk

Deborah Murkerson, 616-7409


The county clerk is the official custodian of all records, contracts, minutes and other official documents of the Board of Commissioners.

The county clerk maintains and distributes the code of ordinances and records, transcribes and prepares the official minutes of all meetings. The county clerk also provides administrative support for the county administrator, the board and all other county executives.


County Attorney

Lester Castellow: P.O. Box 190; Moultrie, GA 31776; 985-1213


Finance Director

Wayne Putnal 616-7486


The finance director is responsible for the review of all financial operations and activities, reviews and resolves problems and submits recommendations to the county administrator. The finance director directs the financial management of the county, supervises all accounting activities and assists the county administrator in preparing the county budget.


Tax Assessors Office

Chief Tax Appraiser: Jerry Rogers, 616-7425


Conducts mass appraisals, reviews appraisals and personal property reports, ensures compliance with state and local laws pertaining to property taxation, assessment, appraisal procedures, tax valuations and all other applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.



Director: Theresa Warburg, 616-7025


Coordinates, directs and maintains the county’s E-911 operations; directs the communications department as well as other administrative and public service phone lines, radios and related equipment; directs the activities, operations and services of the communications department and ensures that services and operations comply with protocols, policies and procedures.


Emergency Management

Director: Russell Moody, 616-7417


Develops policies and procedures for executing the county’s emergency operation plan. Schedules, provides and coordinates training for emergency response personnel.

Coordinates the use of resources between the various county agencies, community groups, volunteers, emergency services providers and other parties involved in emergency operations.


Roads and Bridges

Superintendent: Charles Weathers, 616-7480


Oversees the administrative, engineering and construction work in a wide variety of road and bridge operations, including the design of new roads and bridges and the paving of new and old roads and the maintenance of roads and storm systems.



Director: Jan Peek, 616-7087


Conducts all purchasing, acquisition and inventory of equipment, parts and supplies for all county departments in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies. Reviews incoming orders and requests and prepares purchase orders for the acquisition of materials and ensures proper signatures and funds are in order.


Solid Waste Collection Supervisor

Max Wilson, 616-7405


Enforces the county residential refuse ordinance; locates and corrects residential addresses; conducts county-wide audits of residential customers; patrols the county for code violations and prepares and monitors annual departmental budget. Supervises daily activities of garbage truck drivers and technicians, plans and maintains garbage collection routes, supervises garbage delivery to transfer station, maintenance of fleet, equipment and facilities.


Solid Waste Compliance Supervisor

Melissa Lawson, 616-7405


Manages and coordinates the collection of fees for residential garbage collection and enforces county residential ordinances and safety policies. Assists the public with all inquiries, complaints and requests.

Also serves as the county safety coordinator by inspecting all county property for compliance with safety procedures. Investigates all accidents involving county personnel.


Building Official

Russell Moody, 616-7417


Obtain new addresses from this department.

Directs all activities involving physical addressing in Colquitt County with database management working concurrently with the U.S. Post Office and all municipalities in the county.

Investigates complaints of unfit property. Issues building permits; conducts electrical inspections and issues permits when appropriate; issues appropriate citations when violations are discovered.

Coordinates with the health department on environmental issues regarding residential housing. Meets with property owners to discuss issues and to propose solutions for problem areas. Enforces county codes and subdivision regulations.

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