Commissioner Ryan Bowlden
Commission Ryan Bowlden is an active member of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority and a sitting member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners representing District 4. Raised in Spalding County, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Sunnyside’s Troop 8 and graduated in 1999 from Griffin-High School. From there he attended Gordon College and then on to the University of West Georgia.
Commissioner Bowlden’s community service continued, when in 2009 he joined the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, graduating at the top of his class and receiving the Session 3 Class Flag. He served in various departments throughout the Sheriff’s Office and in 2017 started his current career with the Hampton Police Department.
Outside of law enforcement, Commissioner Bowlden is involved with several non-profit organizations, including “Mowing with a Meaning” and “I am a Character”. These organizations, founded by Robert (Smokey) Page, have allowed him to contribute to the community by providing youth guidance & mentorship while also providing volunteer lawn maintenance needs to those families and loved ones battling cancer.
Spalding County has always been home to Ryan and his family, he wants nothing more than to see this community safe and prosperous. His goal is to ensure the citizens are more informed and more involved with the decisions that are being made for the betterment of our community.
Mr. Louis Crawford Thacker
Louis 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
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.
Mr. Randall L. Peters Ed. D., CEDT, LTC, USA (Ret)
Randall (Randy) Peters received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Carson-Newman College and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University. He received his Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Georgia. After a full military career as an Army Signal Corps Officer, Randy served in various capacities with the National Science Center Inc., and with Augusta Technical Institute (now Augusta Technical College). On October 1, 2010, Dr. Peters became President of Southern Crescent Technical College, having served as President of Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin, GA, for over 11 years. Locally he has served on the Griffin Regional Education Support Activity (RESA) Board of Control; the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chairman; The Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Griffin-Spalding United Way; the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools and the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, both of Henry County. He was appointed to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority in January of 2017, where he serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Authority and Chairman of the Marketing Committee. He has served as the interim president at both Middle Georgia Technical College and Ogeechee Technical College. He is a member of Pi Lambda Theta, the international education honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi, the education honor society at the University of Georgia. Randy is a certified Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor, a certified Pistol Instructor, and a certified personal coach, speaker and leadership trainer.
Commissioner Truman Tinsley
Commissioner Don Hawbaker
Don Hawbaker is an attorney and was elected to the Board of Commissioners for Spalding County in November 2014. He began service on the Board on January 1st, 2015. Residing in the Sun City Peachtree Community of Spalding County he is married to Gayle Hawbaker. Together they have five children and seven grandchildren. Commissioner Hawbaker is the son of a Baptist minister, he graduated from Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois in 1973 and received a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1977. In 1979, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He practiced commercial litigation with several Texas-based law firms and frequently was appointed by state / federal courts, or by private parties, as a lawsuit-mediator. In 1998, he was hired by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston to serve as its Chief Circuit Mediator, attempting to resolve civil cases on appeal to the Court from four New England states and Puerto Rico. In 2007 he was employed by a sister federal appellate court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta with jurisdiction over appeals from federal district courts in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, also as its Chief Circuit Mediator. He served there until 2012. Since then, Commissioner Hawbaker has maintained a private law practice with emphasis in estate planning, elder law, probate and similar subjects.