The Macon Water Authority

790 Second Street • Macon, GA 31202-0108 • (478) 464-5600

Board Members

Sam Hart, Chairman

Sam Hart was sworn into office as the Chairman of the Macon Water Authority on Jan. 8, 2015, shortly before presiding over his first board meeting. He followed Dr. Kirby Godsey as MWA Chairman, after Godsey had been appointed to serve the two years of the unexpired term of long-time Chairman Frank C. Amerson, Jr., following Mr. Amerson's death in the fall of 2012.

In addition to serving as Chairman of the MWA, Mr. Hart Chairs the Policy Committee, while also serving on the Finance and Engineering Committees. He also serves on the Macon Water Environmental Education Non-Profit Board.

Sam Hart is a professional consultant, small business owner, and public servant, perhaps best known as the former Chairman of the Bibb County Board of Commissioners, prior to Macon-Bibb government consolidation.

Mr. Hart is the Executive Director of the Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence, Inc., which operates two Educational Talent Search Programs and an Upward Bound Program. In addition, he is the President of S & V Education Systems Tutorial Center, which provides services for students in math, writing, reading, Georgia Assessments (CRCT, GHSGT, and EOCT), as well as SAT/ACT test preparations.

Mr. Hart's professional career in higher education also includes administrative positions held at Mercer University, where he served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Minority Affairs, Director of Judicial Affairs, and Director of TRIO Programs, which included Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Educational Opportunity Center.

His civic service has included time as the former President of the Council for Opportunity in Education, representing over 1,000 colleges, universities, and educational agencies, and as past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Alpha Phi Alpha Educational Talent Search. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Government Employee Benefits Corporation of Georgia, as well as Co-chair for Emerging Leaders for TRIO Programs in eight southern states. He was a recipient of one of 10 National Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering mentoring.

Locally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Board of Advisors for the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in Macon, in addition to being a Founder and Vice President of 100 Black Men of Macon/Middle Georgia. In 2009, he served on the Regional Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia and a year later as the Chairman of the Macon Area Transportation Study.

"The Chairman of the Macon Water Authority plays a vital role in both protecting our natural resources and helping bring economic development opportunities to Macon and Bibb County," said Hart during his campaign for the MWA Chairman seat. "I will work hard every single day to make the Macon Water Authority the best in Georgia."

Hart and his wife Faye have two children and two grandchildren, and they are members of Unionville Missionary Baptist Church.

Contact Sam Hart, MWA Chairman (county-wide)

478-745-1675 (phone)

shart@maconwater.org (email)

 

Frank Patterson, Vice Chairman

Frank Patterson was elected as a Board Member of the Macon Water Authority in 2004, to serve the people of District 4 in Bibb County. Mr. Patterson was last re-elected to the District 4 seat in May of 2014.

In addition to being selected by his fellow MWA Board Members to serve the Authority as Vice Chairman, Mr. Patterson Chairs the Engineering Committee, while also serving on the Finance, Personnel, Pension, Policy, and Outdoor Recreation Committees, where he is a strong proponent of the annual MWA Kids Fishing Derby. Mr. Patterson is the Vice Chairman of the Macon Water Environmental Education Non-Profit Board, while also serving as an MWA Representative along with Dot Black on the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC). 

Mr. Patterson has worked in local government for over 35 years. He spent 29 years with Bibb County Government, working at the Tobesofkee Recreation Area as the assistant director. He also spent four years with the Bibb County Engineering and Public Works department. Additionally, he served as an inspector and project manager with Moreland and Altobelli.

Mr. Patterson was born in McRae, Georgia, but has lived in Macon since 1965. He graduated from the Georgia-Alabama School of Commerce with a certificate in accounting. He has also received certification from the National School of Conservation and the University of Georgia program for local government management.

Mr. Patterson and his wife Patricia have been married for over 39 years and have three children, 10 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. They are members of the First Evangelical Church in Macon.

"I have made it my goal to make sure that the people in my district and all of Macon and Bibb County have the best water authority in Georgia, and I'm honored to have been selected by the people of District 4 to serve them in this position," says Patterson. "Since joining this Authority board, we have made tremendous strides, reflected in honors such as having the Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America. My goal is for the Authority to continue to improve facilities and services, while representing the people of District 4 to the best of my abilities."

Contact Frank Patterson, District 4

478-808-2020 (phone)

fpatterson@maconwater.org (email)

 

Dorothy Black (District 1)

From more than 30 years of service as a public educator, to a tenure of three decades on the Macon Water Authority (MWA), Dorothy "Dot" Black has spent the equivalent of two lifetimes serving Macon-Bibb County citizens.

Ms. Black's career as a teacher began in 1955 in Jasper County, and included employment for the school systems of Jones and Bibb County as well. She taught science, dance and drama, and she also managed the after-school program for River's Edge Behavioral Health Center. Ms. Black retired as a school counselor and as the Career Coordinator for Bibb County Schools in 1986, capping off 31 years of service in public education. Since that time, she has been involved in the Georgia Retired Teachers Association.

A decade after her "first" retirement, Ms. Black began her career in public service in 1997 as a Member representing District 1 on the Macon Water Authority. She was re-elected to her present term in office in May of 2014.  

Currently, she Chairs the Personnel Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Engineering Committee. In addition, she serves on the Finance, Pension and Policy Committees, while being an MWA Representative on the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC), along with Frank Patterson.

Ms. Black is a native of Macon, but also lived in Monticello while she was young, following the death of her mother. She has called Macon home for the last 40+ years, since moving back to Bibb County in 1973.

Ms. Black holds an undergraduate degree from Paine College in Augusta and a Master's degree from Fort Valley State University. She also has completed additional studies at the University of Georgia, Indiana University, and the Butler School of Library Services. While in school, she was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

Involved in a number of ministries through her church, Ms. Black is a member of St. Paul AME in Macon, where she was selected as Missionary Queen for the Sixth Episcopal District. She also was selected as the Senior Cherry Blossom Queen for 2010, as a part of Cherry Blossom Festival activities that year.

"I enjoy the challenge that serving on this board presents," she says. "I will never know everything, so I am constantly learning in an effort to better serve my constituents."

Ms. Black is the mother of two children, with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contact Dorothy "Dot" Black, District 1

478-742-3503 (phone)

dblack@maconwater.org (email)

 

Javors Lucas (District 2)

The Macon Water Authority's Javors Lucas Lake, much like the man for whom it was was named, plays a significant role in the utility's daily operations and current success.

First elected to the MWA Board in 1982, Javors Lucas served 22 years as Vice Chairman alongside former MWA Chairman, the late Frank Amerson, during his tenure. His most recent successful bid for re-election was in May of 2016. When he was sworn into office prior to 2017, he began his 34th year on the MWA Board.

As a tribute to his years of service to the citizens of Macon-Bibb County as a Member of the MWA, the Authority renamed and dedicated its Town Creek Reservoir in his honor in 2006. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman previously for the Authority, Mr. Lucas currently sits on the MWA Engineering and Personnel Committees.

Mr. Lucas provides the Authority a wide range of perspectives and experiences as a military veteran, civilian retiree from Robins Air Force base, as well as a local small business owner.

Javors Lucas was born in Macon on Feb. 18, 1923. He was educated at the Ballard Normal School, a local private high school, and Tuskegee University, where he was active in the ROTC. Interrupting his college studies, however, was the call to serve in the U.S. Army within the Pacific Theater during World War II. Foreshadowing his service on the MWA Board, during his active duty he ran a small water treatment plant that provided his fellow troops with fresh drinking water.  Mr. Lucas was discharged from the Army following the Second World War in 1945, returning home to Macon and civilian life.

With his education and additional training from his father, who was a fellow craftsman, Mr. Lucas earned a job at Robins Air Force Base as an aircraft wood worker, constructing containers for cargo freight. He later moved into work within the sign shop, until he concluded his time at Robins as the manager of the recreational wood shop, where he retired after 25 years on the base.

Mr. Lucas then took his experience from Robins Air Force Base and started his own company -- Lucas Signs in Macon. He has painted logos and advertisements on countless high visibility signs in the area, and several of his signs were on display during the minor league baseball games played at Luther Williams Field at that time.

Mr. Lucas is member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and is a former Vice-President of the Georgia NAACP. He and his wife Mary have been married since 1946, and the couple has seven children, 23 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. During the dedication of Lucas Lake in 2006, the Authority planted seven trees on site in honor of his seven children and their respective families.

"I can't think of a better way to serve the community I love than to serve on this Board, and I am honored to have been able to do that for as long as I have," says Mr. Lucas. "I'm most proud of the service I provide the people I represent, who are known to say to others, 'call Mr. Lucas,' and I will do whatever I can for them. My main goal is to look out for their needs."

Contact Javors Lucas, District 2

478-742-2722 (phone)

jlucas@maconwater.org (email)

 

Dwight Jones (District 3) 


Dwight Jones joined the Macon Water Authority (MWA) as its District 3 Member in the summer of 2014, after winning
 a special election against three challengers, without a runoff, to fill the vacated seat. Mr. Jones was last re-elected in May of 2016, when he ran unopposed for the District 3 seat. He was sworn into office prior to January of 2017, beginning his first full term as the District 3 Member of the MWA. 

In addition to serving on the MWA Board from District 3, Mr. Jones Chairs the Authority's Finance and Pension Committees, while also serving on the Policy, Engineering, Personnel, and Outdoor Recreation Committes. Mr. Jones also is Chairman of the Board for the Authority's Non-Profit Subsidiary -- Macon Water Environmental Education.

A life-long resident of Bibb County, Dwight is a local small business owner who specializes in leasing and managing commercial properties and retail storefronts. In addition, as a licensed general contractor, he offers businesses the ability to build to suit projects for their operations.

A noted self-starter who loves opportunities to improve business operations while providing vision for long-term objectives, Dwight has experience overseeing all aspects of operations for multiple entities, in addition to planning and executing strategic investments, which are primarily in commercial and agricultural real estate. It is his extensive business experience that he hopes will benefit the citizens of District 3 during his public service on the Macon Water Authority.

“As a life-long resident and small business owner in Bibb County, I am committed to helping move our community forward,” he says. “At its core, the Macon Water Authority is a business, and I believe my background will be useful in attracting new jobs while maintaining our clean and abundant water supply. I’m honored that the voters of District 3 have entrusted me with this serious responsibility, and it is one that I shall not take likely.”

Dwight notes that to ensure that future generations in Macon-Bibb County continue to live and work in a prospering community, the Water Authority must make sure its drinking water remains affordable, while its system offers capacity for growth and continues to meet the highest quality standards in the industry. 

“By marketing this (affordability, capacity, and quality) to industries and by putting a focus on job recruitment, the Authority becomes a catalyst for economic development and job creation,” he says.

Contact Dwight Jones, District 3

478-238-3770 (phone)

djones@maconwater.org (email)

 

Gary Bechtel, Macon-Bibb County Representative

Following his appointment by his fellow Macon-Bibb County Commissioners, Mr. Gary Bechtel began his tenure on the Macon Water Authority (MWA) Board of Directors in January of 2017. As a Member of the MWA, Mr. Bechtel also is Vice Chairman of the Authority's Finance Committee.

Mr. Bechtel serves as the District 1 Commissioner for the consolidated Macon-Bibb County Government. As District 1 Commissioner, Mr. Bechtel serves as Chairman of the Commission's Operations and Finance Committee and is a Member of the Facilities and Engineering Committee. Prior to being elected to the Macon-Bibb County Commission, Mr. Bechtel served on the Bibb County Commission in 2012 and another 12 years on the Bibb County Board of Education.

Mr. Bechtel is a 1984 Graduate of Georgia College and State University, as well as a 1989 Graduate of Leadersihp Macon. In addition to his work on the Commission, he currently serves on the Macon Economic Development Commission, which is the industry recruiting arm of the Macon Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Bechtel started his professional career in the banking industry in 2002 as a wholesale account executive for Southstar Funding. Four years later, he was named Vice President for the Mortgage Operations Division at Atlantic Southern Bank. In 2010, he was appointed to the Asset Manager position within Atlantic Southern Bank's Special Asset Division. Upon the closing of Atlantic Southern Bank by the FDIC, Certus Bank hired Mr. Bechtel as an Asset Manager in their Credit Risk Deparment, where he was responsible for a $40 million dollar portfolio of criticized assets and complicated credits.

In June of 2013, Guaranty Financial, Inc. hired Mr. Bechtel as its Vice President. Guaranty Financial is a commercial mortgage brokerage firm with offices in Columbus, Georgia; Macon, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida. The firm has been in the brokerage industry for over 22 years and has financed over $1 billion dollars in commercial projects all over the Southeast. Mr. Bechtel also is a commercial associate of Bob Lewis & Associates, Inc., where he specializes in commercial properties throughout the Southeast.

A lifelong resident of Macon-Bibb County, Mr. Bechtel is married to the former Laura Meadows of Macon, and they have two children -- Tarver and Sam. Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel are members of First Presbyterian Church in Macon.

Contact Gary Bechtel, Macon-Bibb County Representative

gbechtel@maconwater.org (email)

 

Bert Bivins, Macon-Bibb County Representative

Whether serving the County or Consolidated Government, Bert Bivins has been the people's choice for the Macon-Bibb County Board of Commissioners, not to mention the Commission's choice for the Macon Water Authority (MWA) Board of Directors.

Mr. Bivins was re-appointed by his fellow Macon-Bibb County Commissioners to serve another full term on the MWA Board, beginning in January of 2017. As one of the two appointed MWA Board Members from the Macon-Bibb County Commission, Mr. Bivins also is Vice Chairman of the MWA Personnel Committee, while also serving on the Board of the Authority's Non-Profit Macon Water Environmental Education.

In September of 2013, Mr. Bivins celebrated his election to the District 5 seat on the then newly consolidated Macon-Bibb County Commission, winning without a runoff. He had served previously as the District 2 representative on the Bibb County Board of Commissioners since 1995.

At the time of consolidation, Mr. Bivins was Chairman of the Committees on Properties and Ordinances & Resolutions for the Bibb County Commission. In addition to serving on the Commission and Authority Boards, Mr. Bivins has served as the liaison for the Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority, Health Department, Middle Georgia Regional Commission, and the Macon-Bibb County Economic Development Opportunity Council.

Mr. Bivins was born in Kathleen, Georgia, but moved to Macon-Bibb County when he was two years old. He was raised in Macon during a time when he was one of the first African-American students to integrate Bibb County public schools.

Mr. Bivins worked professionally for 30 years as a civilian in electronics at Robins Air Force Base, followed by another 10 years as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in the Bibb County School System. He graduated with a degree in middle school education from Fort Valley State University.

"Ever since I was 18 years old, I have made the effort to serve those in need in my community," explains Bivins. "I feel like my appointment to this (MWA) Board on behalf of the Commission is a great way to extend that service."

Bivins and his wife Barbara have two children.

Contact Bert Bivins, Macon-Bibb County Representative

478-738-9466 (phone)

bbivins@maconwater.org (email)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P.O. Box 108
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