BLAKELY, GA (WALB) - A Southwest Georgia commissioner was recently awarded for public service and outstanding leadership in county government.
Early County Commissioner Jeffrey Haynes Sr. received the 2018 ACCG Emory Greene Leadership Award.
The prestigious honor is given out once a year to only one of the more than 800 commissioners of Georgia's 159 counties.
Haynes is Early County's first elected African American commissioner and said this award is a spring-board for him to do more work in the county.
"It is very humbling. It makes you want to work harder. It makes you want to do more for the public, makes you want to do more for the community because it's never about me, it's about being a servant to the public. And when you're a servant to the public, may the work I done, as my grandmother would say, will speak for you," said Haynes.
Right now Haynes is working with the state to develop a halfway house for citizens, among other projects.