Government Relations

A UNIFIED, DIVERSE AND PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY FOSTERING LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION AND GOOD SOUTHERN LIVING


OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS


Butts County’s relationships with community leaders and citizens, local boards and authorities, municipalities, state agencies and citizens will be unmatched in the region. We all work in a spirit of unity and collaboration for the good of all citizens of our Butts County Community. – Strategic Priorities of Butts County


 

The Office of Government Relations was created in 2015 to bring together a number of functions associated with marketing, outreach, public affairs, public relations, legislative advocacy, tourism and the film industry. The department also plays a key role in commercial development and working with other agencies in the community engaged with marketing the industrial and commercial interests of the County.


 

jmb2013J. Michael Brewer, Director

Michael Brewer is a lifelong resident of Butts County with a love for his community and deep family roots that spans eight generations. He has been active in community affairs for over thirty years and has worked for Butts County since 1986. He was appointed to the position of Director of Government Relations in July of 2015. Prior to that, he had served as County Administrator since 2011, first as interim and then as the appointed Administrator, as well as serving as Deputy County Administrator for five years prior to that.

Mr. Brewer is responsible for a variety of areas that fall under the umbrella of Government Relations, including public affairs, marketing and outreach of the County, commercial development, film and tourism, external affairs and working with other local governments to promote cooperation and collaboration between governments. He is tasked with the outreach of the County Government in providing accurate and timely information to the public, overseeing media relations, traditional and digital marketing, website management and writing. He is the appointed County Legislative Coordinator, which serves as the County’s liaison to the Georgia General Assembly, tracking and monitoring legislation and its impact on local government and he serves as the local Camera Ready Community liaison to the State of Georgia’s Film Industry.

Work History

He began his service with Butts County in 1984 when he joined the local volunteer fire department, serving as a firefighter and eventually rising to the rank of Captain over the next nine years. In 1986, he became a paid employee of Butts County and has been continuously employed with the County ever since. During his tenure here, he also worked concurrently with the City of Jackson for over five years and Spalding County for a cumulative four years. In 1998 he became the youngest County department head when he was appointed as Director of 911 at the age of 31. Prior to his current position, he has held the following positions:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Assistant Director of Communications (911)
  • Director of Communications (911)
  • Director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • County Clerk
  • County Personnel Administrator
  • County Director of Operations
  • Deputy County Administrator
  • County Administrator

Education

  • Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Gordon State College, Political Science
  • University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
  • Emory University, Candler School of Theology

Accomplishments

Mr. Brewer has been the recipient of numerous awards for professional accomplishment and community service. In 1998, he was honored as the first E-911 Director in Georgia and the first Butts County citizen ever to receive the Governor’s Public Safety Award from the Governor of Georgia, the state’s highest honor for public safety officials. In 2005, he received both the Chamber of Commerce Shining Light Award and the Excellence in Community Service award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for his fundraising efforts and advocacy to bring the local technical college campus to Butts County.

He served for nine years on the Board of Directors of that college, the last five of them as Chairman. One of his proudest accomplishments as Chairman was shepherding the merger of Griffin Technical College and Flint River Technical College into Southern Crescent Technical College, a process that took over a year to complete.

He is currently the only two-time recipient of of the Butts County Citizen of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce, in 2008 and again in 2012. He also holds twelve community service awards from United Way, Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce and Lions International, as well as distinguished service awards from the Georgia Technical College Directors Association and the Georgia Association of Terminal Agency Coordinators where he served as State President in 1997. He is a graduate of Leadership Butts County (1995), Leadership North Georgia UMC (2008) and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development’s Regional Economic & Leadership Development Program (2011).  In 2014 he completed both the Certified County Official certification and the MDP program from the University of Georgia.

Boards and Organizations Currently Served

  • Chairman, Sylvan Grove Hospital Board of Directors
  • Ex Officio Member, Butts County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Director, McIntosh Trail Headstart Governing Board
  • Director, Leadership Butts County Board
  • Trustee, Piedmont Academy Board of Trustees
  • Member, Past Chairman, Butts County E-911 Board

Past Boards and Organizations include:

  • Chairman, Southern Crescent Technical College Board
  • Director, Technical College Directors Association of Georgia Board
  • President, Georgia Association of Terminal Agency Coordinators
  • President, Butts County Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Board Member, Rotary Club of Jackson-Butts County
  • Council Member & Secretary, West Georgia Emergency Medical Services Council
  • Council Member & Secretary, Governor’s All Hazards Council
  • Director and Capital Campaign Chairman, United Way of Butts County
  • Co-Chairman, Griffin Tech for Butts County Steering Committee

Other

Mr. Brewer is a Lay Speaker and member of the Administrative Council with the Jackson United Methodist Church where he has been a member all of his life. He has served as Church Liturgist and Worship Leader since 1996 and is a past member of the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Griffin District. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and he enjoys writing about life in Butts County, politics, photography and other areas of interest. He resides in Jackson with his wife and son.

Contact: 770-775-8038
E-Mail: jmbrewer@buttscounty.org

Twitter: @jmichaelbrewer