George was born and raised in Buena Vista, Ga; and he is a 1989 graduate of Tri-County High School. In 1993, Mr. Neal graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science.
In 2013, Mr. Neal graduated from the Georgia Banking School. In 2004 George was elected to the Marion County Commission and later elected Chairman by fellow commissioners.
On December 12th 2004 George accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and joined Cool Spring Baptist Church and 3 years later Rev. Jerome Jones set him aside to join the Deacon’s Ministry and on April 22nd 2007 George was ordained as a Deacon at Cool Spring Baptist Church. George currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Deacons.
Mr. Neal currently serves on several advisory boards: Valley Partnership and the Marion County Economic Development Authority. George was reelected in 2016 to the Marion County Board of Commissioner and was once again chosen as the Chairman by fellow Commissioners. He believes strongly that his late mother Ola Mae Neal and his late father George Neal Sr. are the reasons for his small successes in life.
George believes in good constituent services, returning phone calls, participating in community events and working hard for the people of his district and for the entire Marion County. “I want to make a difference for the better and improve the community. I believe in the values of public service and giving of one’s self for a greater cause.”
Mr. Neal is a dedicated family man and is married to Rhonda Neal and they have one daughter Camdyn Neal.
Jody Grimsley is currently serving as District 2 County Commissioner in Marion County.
Jody graduated from Tri-County High School in 1995. He later attended Columbus Technical College to pursue a career in Industrial Electrical and Maintenance.
Jody has been a long-time resident of Marion County with most of his family being lifelong residents. Jody has been married 21 years to his wife Jamie Grimsley. They have two daughters, Kyndal and Erica Grimsley. Kyndal graduated from Marion County High School in 2016 and is currently attending CSU to pursue a career in Education. Erica will be graduating in spring of 2019 from Marion County High.
Jody is excited for the opportunity to serve District 2 by continuous improvement and involvement. He will be active and will continue to attend community meetings and will be available to everyone.
Jody is a member of Mauk Baptist Church.
Matt was born and raised in Preston,Ga. He graduated from Tri County High School in 2005. Matt attended South Georgia Technical College, obtained his Apprentice Lineman Certificate and went to work for Georgia Power Company in 2006. In 2011 Matt married lifelong Marion County resident, Courtney Robinson. They built their forever home here in Marion County in 2013 and now have 2 children, Sonni and Sawyer.
Matt has been employed with Georgia Power Company for 13 years. After hiring on as an Apprentice Lineman he worked his way to a Journey Lineman and is now a Forestry and Right of Way Specialist for Georgia Power.
In 2018, Matt was elected to the Marion County Commission, District 3. He looks forward to serving the citizens of Marion County. He will strive to make Marion County as great as possible within his limitations. He wants all citizens to know they can feel free to discuss any issues or concerns with him. He wants to work with the citizens, other elected officials, and employees of this county to continue to make Marion County great.
“I am honored and humbled to currently serve the citizens of Marion County as your Commissioner-at-Large. For over 20 years, my family and I have been fortunate to call Marion County home. My wife and I are grateful for the opportunity that we have had to raise two wonderful daughters here in this community. I am a 20 year retiree of the United States Army and currently work as a civilian employee at Fort Benning.”
Mr. Norman Royal has a great background of professional experience; he was the director of the Family Services for Habitat for Humanity and the Buena Vista Recreation Center. He is currently working at Stewart County High School as the head baseball coach. Mr. Royal is involved in our community through volunteering at Family Connections, as well as mentoring and supporting our local youth through organizations. These organizations include Swagga and Lace and the Diamonds mentoring program. Mr. Royal has been a part of the Board of Commissioners for five years. He has attended Georgia Southwestern, Liberty University, and graduated from Tri- County High School. Mr. Royal is married to Cynthia Royal and have five children. Their names are Raven Royal, Shayla Royal, Alexia Crawford, Devin Robinson, and Kyle Royal.