Theron Gay earns ACCG award
by Staff Reports
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia, ACCG, has recognized Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay with the 2013 Jerry R. Griffin Excellence in Public Service Award, which is given to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the citizens of Georgia through public service in county government.
The award is named in honor of ACCG’s previous executive director, Jerry R. Griffin, who served in this position for more than 23 years and was a recognized leader who established a solid foundation of programs and services that still exist today.
“Receiving this award was a great honor,” said Gay. “I have been blessed to have been part of a great team through the years, with outstanding leadership and support from our Board of Commissioners, the county department heads and the great employees who all work together to make Coweta County a wonderful place.”
Gay accepted the award during the 2013 ACCG Annual Conference held at the Savannah Civic Center.
“Theron Gay has worked successfully with county officials throughout his longstanding public service career to help shape the Coweta County community,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “He is a quiet leader that has effectively brought together county commissioners and staff to prepare for growth and set a vision for the future.”
“Gay has served as Coweta County administrator since 1993. Throughout his tenure, he has been able to accommodate a rapidly-growing county population while maintaining a strong, steady financial picture. He was able to upgrade the county’s bond ratings through challenging economic times and sustain a healthy fund balance of $31 million,” King said. “Gay was chosen for this award for his competent, steady, reasonable and measured approach to county government affairs. He was nominated by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners and county staff members.”
Gay will be retiring as Coweta County administrator this summer.
Some of Gay’s accomplishments as county administrator include completing two successful Local Option Sales Tax negotiations; voter approval of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax seven consecutive times; carrying out a complete rehabilitation of 900-plus miles of the county road system, with the second round under way; airport growth and expansion; award-winning rehabilitation of the historic Coweta County Courthouse; addition of a new Justice Center and Juvenile Justice Center, both funded by SPLOST and with the financial support of all Coweta municipalities; expansion of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office; addition of a work release center at the Coweta County Prison; and the addition of part-time firefighters to the county’s fire departments to ensure there was personnel on duty at each station at all times. He also was an instrumental figure in the expansion and initial location of the University of West Georgia’s Coweta County campus at Shenandoah.
Gay’s community involvement surpasses the boundaries of his role as county administrator.
He serves on the Newnan Hospital Board, Supervisory Committee of Coweta Cities & County Employee Federal Credit Union, and Finance Committee for Moreland United Methodist Church. He is a volunteer basketball and baseball coach and an award-winning Boy Scout leader as a recipient of the Achieved Wood Badge Leadership Award.