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 has been managed by Deputy County Administrator J. Michael Brewer since July 20, 2015. Active in the Butts County community for many years in various civic, educational and public policy endeavors, he has spent more than 30 years working for the County, including 3 years as County Administrator and 5 years as Deputy County Administrator. He was also the County’s first full time Personnel Administrator, overseeing Human Resources in conjunction with other duties for 13 years in total.
During his tenure as County Administrator, he was responsible for the opening of two new County Fire Stations and a new Senior Citizens Center, as well as a new driver’s training facility at the County-owned Southern Crescent Technical College. Additionally, under his leadership, the County achieved the highest level of reserve funds in its history as well as qualified for Moody’s excellent AA2 credit rating during some of the worst years of the recession.
Mr. Brewer is a past Chairman of the Butts County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he served as a Board Member for 6 years. He also served as a Board Member for 9 years on the Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors, the last 5 of which were as Chairman of the Board. He additionally has served in the past as President of the Jackson-Butts County Rotary Club; Secretary of the McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council Board of Directors; President of the Georgia Association of Terminal Agency Coordinators; Capital Campaign Chairman for United Way of Butts County; Board Member for Leadership Butts County; Chairman of the Butts County E-911 Advisory Board and Member of the Board of Directors for the Technical College Director’s Association of Georgia. He has actively served as a Board Member on the Sylvan Grove Hospital Board of Directors since 2005 and has been Chairman since 2006. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Butts County Partners for Smart Growth, a local civic organization that supports smart, sustainable community growth and development, and most recently he completed his third term on the Piedmont Academy Board of Trustees. Finally, in 2016, he was tapped to chair the newly created Butts County Tourism Board.
Mr. Brewer’s various contributions have been acknowledged in several ways. In 1998, Governor Zell Miller presented him with the Governor’s Public Safety Award, the state’s highest honor for contributions to public safety. Since then he has received the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Excellence in Community Service Award (2005) and the Chamber of Commerce Shining Light Award (2006), both for leading a successful half-million dollar fundraising drive to obtain a technical college campus for Butts County; The Butts County Citizen of the Year Award for efforts on behalf of post secondary educational opportunities for Butts County (2007) and again for a quarter century of exceptional community service (2011); The Southern Crescent Technical College President’s Award of Excellence (2013) for service as Board Chairman and a number of commendations and service awards dating back over the past three decades.
Mr. Brewer is a graduate of Leadership Butts County, the North Georgia Conference Leadership UMC program, the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and the Regional Leadership Institute, as well as the University of Georgia, where he holds certificates in the Governmental Accounting program, the Certified County Official certificate and the prestigious Management Development Program (MDP) certificate. He is a 2006 graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology MTS Program, holding two diplomas from the university. He also holds over thirty certifications in public safety, public policy and education.
He has been actively involved with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia for many years, having served on both the Economic Development and Public Safety Committees, as well as having served on the design team that developed the curriculums currently used to certify local government officials, commissioners and county clerks. He enjoys writing and has contributed a number of articles and writings that have been published in various newspapers, tourism blogs and magazines, as well as been a guest speaker at writer’s symposiums in Georgia. He resides near Jackson, Georgia with his wife Lara and their son, Ethan.
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, Deputy County Administrator