Butterworth To Leave GEMA

Former 50th District State Senator Jim Butterworth is leaving his post as the director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency later this year.

Governor Nathan Deal announced Monday that Butterworth will transition to a position in the private sector on December 1.

Deal said he thanks Butterworth for his extensive service, first as a floor leader at the beginning of his administration through his time leading the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

The governor went on to say that he wishes Butterworth the best in his future endeavors as he moves to the private sector.

Taking Butterworth’s place will be current Department of Corrections Commissioner Homer Bryson of Flowery Branch.

That nomination will take effect December 1.

Bryson was Commissioner of the Department of Corrections for the past 20 months and before that worked as deputy commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources for four years.