Griffin-Spalding County

Airport Authority

Richard "Dick" Morrow

Commissioner Dick Morrow is the Chairman of the Airport Authority, he is a sitting Commissioner representing the 5th District of the City of Griffin. Cmr. Morrow is a retired Delta Airlines Pilot, a former F-100 Fighter Pilot with the United States Air Force, and a Viet Nam Veteran.  He is a local business owner and previously served as a Spalding County Commissioner.


Mr. Ron Alexander is the Vice Chair of the Airport Authority, he served in the United States Air Force as a pilot for 5 years including a combat tour in Vietnam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He then flew for Delta Air Lines for 34 years retiring in 2002.  He currently owns Atlanta Aero, a composite repair facility for corporate and airline aircraft.  The business is located on the Griffin Airport and employs over 40 people.  He also is the owner of Peach State Airport in Williamson, Georgia where Candler Field Museum is located.  Ron is on the Board of Directors of the Vintage Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, WI.  He was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013.  He currently owns and flies several antique aircraft including a DC-3.


Commissioner Raymond Ray is a member of the Airport Authority and is a sitting member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners representing District 2.  He is a native of Griffin where he graduated from Griffin High in 1976. He attended North Georgia College and graduated in 1980. Upon graduation he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army Engineer Corps where he served both overseas and U.S. assignments until his retirement. He left active duty in 1991 and joined the United States Reserves.  Returning to Griffin he worked in Real Estate until recalled to active duty for Desert Storm. After serving in Desert Storm he worked as a Federal Civil Servant until 1996 when he again returned to Griffin as the General Manager for Dan J Smith Distributors, Inc. Currently, he works for PetroSouth Inc. as a Territory Manager.


Commissioner Bart Miller Jr. is a member of the Airport Authority and a sitting member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners representing District 4.  He has been a resident of Spalding County for over 65 years. He graduated from Griffin High in 1964.  He went to work for Southern Fruit Distributors and in 1966, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served a tour in the Vietnam War. After his tour of duty was complete, he returned to Spalding County and continued work at Southern Fruit Distributors until they sold out in 1988.  In 1989 he moved to his current address on Williamson Road where he enjoys row crop farming. To further show his love for his community and the people who live here, Bart took a job with the Spalding County Parks & Recreation Department. He held this position for nearly 19 years until his retirement in 2009.

Mr. Brett Lavender is a Griffin native, Mr. Lavender was appointed to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority in May of 2012. Brett previously served, for over 15 years, as a member the Griffin-Spalding Airport Advisory Board.

Mr. Lavender is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificated Private Pilot with an Instrument rating. He is a United States Air Force veteran and was assigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing where he supported the 334th TFS Eagles” and the 337th TFS “Falcons”. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics. He has also completed the Local Government Chief Information Officer (LGCIO) program with The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG).  Brett has worked in national security and local government for the past 34 years provisioning and supporting communications, navigation, telecommunications, geographic and information system technologies. Currently, he works as the Director of Information Technology for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.


Mr. Larry Johnson is a member of the Airport Authority. He is a native of the City of Griffin and worked as a Computer Consultant where he was involved in software development, operation and administrative support for relational databases.  After thirty-five years’ he retired and became active in the local community.  He served two terms as a City Commissioner and currently works with WKEU-AM, WKEU-FM, and WHIE-AM Radio as an Advertising Sales Representative.


Mr. Carl Pruett is a life long resident of Spalding county and has been on the Airport Advisory Board and Airport Authority since 2004. He is sales manager for 3 area radio stations, and sits on several boards that do beneficial social and charity work.


Mr. Louis Crawford Thacker began his aviation career as a flight instructor and crop duster while attending Louisiana State University. He has a Business Degree from Louisiana State University.  After graduation he became a pilot with Eastern Airlines. He flew with Eastern for 25 years until they ceased operations in 1991. During those years he obtained his (A&P) Aircraft and Power Plant Mechanics License and his (IA) Inspector Authorization. He owned and operated an airfield and crop dusting business in Pike County. After Eastern Airlines he obtained a pilot position with various night freight operators flying the Boeing 727. As a freighter pilot he transported race horses throughout the United States. He has owned and operated various general aviation aircraft at the Griffin Airport.  He was manager of the Griffin-Spalding Airport for a period of time. While flying for Eastern Airlines he also attended Woodrow College of Law and obtained a Juris Doctor of Law degree and practiced law from 1977. He served on the Airport Advisory Board for many years and now serves on the Airport Authority. He is retired from the practice of law and resides in Griffin, GA. He is married, has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.


Commissioner David Brock was born and raised in Griffin where he graduated from Griffin High in 1963. He served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force during which time he married Harriett (Miller) Brock of Griffin. He owned Brock Insurance Agency, for 23 years before his son took over the business. David holds the certification of "Certified Senior Advisor" and "Certified Long Term Care Advisor". He continues to be active in this part of the business. David and Harriett are parents of 2 children and 5 grandchildren who all live in Griffin. Spending time with their family has always been very important to them and brings them much enjoyment. David has served as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of the Griffin Spalding Chamber of Commerce. In past years he was an active member of the Kiwanis and ABC Clubs. The Brock's are active members of Griffin First United Methodist Church where David and Harriett have served on numerous committees. David serves on both the Nominations and Finance Committees at this time. They are members of the Dunkers Sunday School Class.

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Central Services: 770-229-6421
Customer Service: 770-229-6400
Environmental Hotline: 770-229-6625
Planning & Development: 770-233-4130
Police Department: 770-229-6450
Narcotics Tip Line: 678-692-0452
Public Works: 770-229-6603
For Power/Water Outages Call: 770-229-6425