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.
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.
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.
Lester Castellow: P.O. Box 190; Moultrie, GA 31776; 985-1213
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.
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.
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.
John Peters, 616-7417
Post and update changes to county zoning map; recommend changes, amendments and additions to the ordinance when appropriate; provide a report outlining and describing the monthly activities of the planning and zoning office to the county administrator; review preliminary and final plat proposals; assist builders, developers, contractors, architects, engineers and the public to resolve planning problems and issues and administer county subdivision regulations plus other regulations associated with construction.
Buildings and Grounds
Al Daniels, 616-7497
Establishes and maintains the aesthetics of all buildings, grounds and properties (both inside and outside) of Colquitt County facilities.
Supervises inmate labor in conducting the cleaning of buildings, moving furniture and maintenance of lawns and landscaping projects.
Also serves as mailroom supervisor.
Technical and Maintenance
Responsible for administrative and professional duties and functions involving the technical and maintenance aspects of all county buildings and many other related structures.
Installs and maintains HVAC systems and maintains all other utilities. Involved in a wide variety of technical and maintenance activities regarding various electrical and building construction projects and system maintenance.
Serves as project manager for county projects involving new building constructions with the enforcement of the statewide building codes. Supervises the installation of all computerized security systems in county buildings.
Darren Roberson, 616-7496
Directs all operations and activities of the Information Systems Department.
Develops and plans short- and long-term strategic plans, goals and objectives for the county regarding information technology. Evaluates performance of current systems/programming in relation to growth factors.
Advises departments on technology business strategies to improve productivity of their departments.
Oversees and coordinates computer operations, repair, technical support, systems analysis, disaster recovery, programming and office machine operations and repairs.
Directs and maintains all mainframes and microcomputer technology.
Clint Perry, 616-7475
Performs technical and administrative work to plan, direct and supervise the operation of the county’s solid waste management program in conjunction with state and federal regulations. Ensures service provisions and designs, implements and maintains refuse and recycling collection formats. Investigates complaints of illegal disposal of refuse.
Mac Lawson 616-7469
Responsible for inspecting, diagnosing, repairing and maintaining vehicles and equipment used in the county’s daily operations. Work ranges from preventative maintenance to complete overhauls.
Warden: Billy Howell, 616-7490
Manages the operations, staff and resources of the county prison. Plans, directs and monitors all prison operations including prisoner security, housing, monitoring and care, facility maintenance and operations and operational services such as laundry and food service. Establishes and implements prison operations, security and administrative policies, procedures and protocols, supervises prison staff and ensures compliance with local, state and federal regulations.