J. Michael Brewer,
The Office of Government Relations is responsible for facilitating and executing strategic external partnerships at the local, regional, state and federal levels. It maintains high levels of legislative tracking that allows the County to foresee and respond to emerging issues that can potentially affect its operations. The office is also responsible for analyzing and helping to shape public policies that will create business and economic opportunities for the County, as well as managing the County’s reputation, brand, and image on the local, regional, and state level. The Office of Government Relations operates effectively through the process of collaborating and partnering with key and strategic stakeholders in the best interests of all involved.
This office is managed by J. Michael Brewer, the Director of Government Relations, who has worked for Butts County since August of 1986 and has served in this position since 2015. Prior to his current position, he held a variety of positions, many of which overlapped with others, including:
- Firefighter-EMT (8 years)
- Assistant 911 Director (2 years)
- 911 Director (6 years)
- County Clerk & Personnel Administrator (1 year)
- Personnel Administrator (3 years)
- Director of Operations & Personnel Administrator (1 year)
- Deputy County Administrator & Personnel Administrator (5 years)
- County Administrator (3 years)
He also served as County Emergency Management Director and Public Safety Director concurrently with four of his other positions from 1999 until 2011.
He is tasked with enhancing the County’s relationship with State legislative and administrative officials, associated stakeholders, partner local governments, and other County staff, to help influence decision making that supports the County’s mission and strategic plan at the Local, Regional and State level. His position requires an integration into the political landscape and staying informed of legislative and regulatory developments that can affect the County’s objectives in order to strategize and execute actions that achieve the desired outcomes. The Director is responsible for legislative and regulatory analysis, policy recommendations, establishing and advocating for legislative positions on state legislation for the County, and keeping the County’s key leadership up-to-date on any changes in legislation, regulations, or other policies that might affect the way the County does business.
His office also oversees County marketing outreach, including tourism, economic development, social media, the film industry and other areas which relate directly to the advancement of the County. He works and collaborates with partner local governments, including the Cities of Jackson, Flovilla and Jenkinsburg, local Authority Boards and the Butts County School System, as well as State government, plus other community organizations, to provide an integrated service delivery strategy and to further the working relationships among all affected parties.
Mr. Brewer oversees the County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program management as well as procurement for major expenditures and special projects as directed by the County Administrator.
Contact: J. Michael Brewer, Director of Government Relations