Putnam County Commissioner Janie B. Reid (District 2) Reappointed to Serve as ACCG District 6 Representative

ATLANTA, Ga. (April 17, 2014) – Governor Nathan Deal joined county officials from across the state at the 100th annual conference of ACCG, Georgia’s county association, held April 11 – 15 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. In addition to giving the centennial keynote address, he also installed the association’s 2014-2015 Board of Managers. Putnam County Commissioner Janie B. Reid – District 2 was sworn in as District 6 Representative and will serve as part of the association’s 40-member Board of Managers for the next year.

“The ACCG Board of Managers is comprised of individuals with a passion for public service. They show a willingness to serve not only as a leader in their own community but also as a leader among their peers by serving their association,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “We have a dedicated Board of Managers who work well together and help set our strategic vision for the future.

ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties.

“I am honored to be reappointed to this esteemed board by my colleagues of ACCG and I am extremely proud to represent Putnam County and the Middle Georgia area as its District 6 Representative. My promise is to work in collaboration with each board member on behalf of Georgia’s 159 counties and their county officials to promote the ability of Georgia counties to provide public services responsibly, efficiently, and cost effectively through cooperative legislative action, education of public officials, working to provide quality member services and technical assistance, and my continued work in keeping the public aware of critical local government issues”, says Reid.

Janie Butts Reid – Born and raised in Putnam County, Janie is the oldest child of the late Emanuel and Gladys Butts.

Janie is married to John Reid and she is the mother of two daughters; Rhonda Bernae (employed with the Georgia Department of Corrections), and Zavier Janelle Clemons (employed with the Putnam County Department of Family and Children Services), she is a grandmother of four.
She is a 1970 graduate of Butler-Baker High School, attended Georgia College and State University with a concentration in Business Administration and Criminal Justice, and is a member of the Greater Bell’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Reid says that her role models were her parents; who are both deceased, they always said, “You can do it”. Her advice to anyone would be to, “Believe in yourself and don’t give up even when it looks like you are not going to make it, remember life is full of waves but learn how to surf.”
Having many accomplishments, Reid says that her greater joys in life include her husband, their two daughters and their four grandchildren, however; as far as her highest point in life is concerned, Reid says that she is taking the attitude of comedian Steve Harvey “Don’t Trip He Ain’t Through With Me Yet.”

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AFFILIATIONS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIPS, ETC.

  • Elected to the Putnam County Board of Commissioners in 2004, reelected in 2008 and in 2012.
  • Program Manager for Eatonton-Putnam Senior Citizens Program (Volunteer)
  • Chairperson of the Middle Georgia Consortium, Inc. (Consortium) (a 10 county collaborative) which is the fiscal agent for Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board.
  • Chairperson of the Eatonton Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH)
  • Coordinator of Putnam County Women in History Month Celebration
  • Coordinator of Putnam County National Day of Prayer Celebration
  • Project Manager: Ward Chapel Historic Museum
  • Honored in 2013 by the Georgia House of Representatives with HR850 for dedicated and outstanding work in the Putnam County community
  • Was recognized March 2013 by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislators (NOBEL) for Women in History Month 2013
  • From September 1998-December 2012 – served as the Executive Director of Eatonton-Putnam Family Connection. Was responsible for developing grass root support for projects by working with community leaders, social service agencies and the community to obtain data so that strategies may be developed to improve the quality of life among families of Putnam County.
  • 1991 – 1996 served as Constituent Services Representative for U. S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
  • From 2004-2010 served as chairperson of the Eatonton Early Childhood Day Care Center and was Interim Administrator of the center from 2010-2011.
  • In 2005, was selected by the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers as the public official of the year for work in improving the quality of life for the Putnam County community
  • Recognized in 2007 during Black History Month “As a leader with a heart of gold” by the Putnam County Elementary School staff
  • Charter member and graduate of Leadership Putnam – 1990 and again in 2005
  • Honored in March 2002 as Woman of The Year in Putnam County for National Women in History Month by the Eatonton-Putnam County Library
  • Putnam County’s first Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA), appointed and sworn in by Judge Phil Spivey in 2001
  • Founder and Coordinator of Youth Leadership Putnam
  • Authored and implemented an alternative sentencing program through the court system for first offender juveniles of Putnam County now known as Project NAGS Early Intervention (New Alternatives = Greater Success)
  • Former instructor of Risk Reduction for juveniles with driving violations in Putnam County ordered by Putnam County Juvenile Court
  • From 1981-1994 employed as Senior Clerk of the Putnam County Tax and Tag Office
  • Former secretary of the Democratic Executive Committee of Putnam County
  • Served as a Jury Commissioner and as a Deputy Registrar of Voter Registration for Putnam County
  • Former Legal Assistant for the law firm of Walbert & Mathis (Charles A. Mathis) and the law firm of Doug E. Price in Milledgeville, GA
  • Received a commendation for promoting peace, unity and harmony throughout Putnam County from Governor Zell Miller in 1995
  • Responsible for Central Georgia Technical College (Macon Tech) locating a community-wide computer lab at the Butler-Baker School campus
  • Certified by the State of Georgia as a trainer of trainers for the Southeast Regional Center for Drug Free Schools and Communities and by the Prevention Research Institute of Lexington, Kentucky as an instructor of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Prevention and Intervention Studies
  • Responsible for creating and implementing Super Stars in Putnam County, an intervention and prevention program that’s currently operating by the Eatonton Housing Authority
  • Served on the District 6 planning committee for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Division of Community Corrections to examine the service needs of youth in the Middle Georgia area and submit recommendations on programs that should be developed to meet those needs in Middle Georgia and to educate the committee and the community on the impact of inappropriate detention at regional youth development centers
  • Served as a member of the Putnam County Tax Review Committee
  • Reid also produced and was host of The REID Review, an information and awareness talk show on local cable TV Station Channel 23 for a while.

For more information on ACCG, go to www.accg.org.