The Macon Water Authority

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

Board Members

Samuel F. Hart, Sr., Chairman (Elected County-wide)

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 (Countywide):

478-745-1675 (Phone) (Email)


Frank Patterson, Vice Chairman (District 4)

Frank Patterson was elected as a Board Member of the Macon Water Authority in 2004, to serve the people of District 4 in Macon-Bibb County. Mr. Patterson was last re-elected to the District 4 seat in May of 2018, and sworn back into office on January 3, 2019.

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 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 Dr. Anissa Jones on the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC). 

Mr. Patterson has worked in local government for over 53 years. He spent 35 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 departments. Additionally, he served as an Inspector and Project Manager with Moreland and Altobelli, and has spent the last 18 years of dedicated service on the Macon Water Authority Board.

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 50 years and have three children, 5 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. They are members of the First Evangelical Church in Macon, GA.

"I have made it my goal to make sure that the people in my district and all of Macon-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) (Email)


Dr. Anissa Jones (District 1)

Dr. Anissa Monique Jones, DC, is a Macon native and a Member of the MWA Board, representing the citizens of District 1. Dr. Jones won the General Election for the District 1 seat of the Macon Water Authority in the summer of 2018.

Dr. Jones was sworn into office on Jan. 3, 2019, prior to beginning her term at the January 2019 MWA Board Meeting. Upon taking office, Dr. Jones was appointed by her fellow MWA Board Members to Chair the Authority's Personnel Committee, and likewise serve on the Board of Directors for Macon Soils,  the Macon Water Alliance, the Engineering Committee, and Finance Committee.

Professionally, Dr. Jones is the first African-American Chiropractor in Macon, Georgia, who has been practicing locally for more than 20 years. She received her B.S. in Biology from Fort Valley State University in 1994, and then continued on her path to a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in 1998. In addition, she also graduated with an MBA from Wesleyan College in 2005. 

Following a one-year residency and Associateship with Gaudet Chiropractic Center, she established her own practice -- Total Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center -- in 2002. As the first African-American in Macon to practice Chiropractic, Dr. Jones is committed to providing stellar care to all people, but especially those from her community. She is renowned for addressing the cause of symptoms by properly aligning the spine and by incorporating other natural methods of healing.

Dr. Jones is a celebrated physician in the region, being named as a top American Chiropractic by the Consumers' Research Council of America. She was awarded the 2005 Heritage Registry of Who's Who and the Foxington Registry of Who's Who Executives and Business Professionals. In 2013, Dr. Jones was given the distinct honor of becoming the first African-American and the first female to be the President of the Georgia Chiropractic Association for District 14. In 2017, she also was voted Best of the Best Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Facility in Macon. The following year, she was the recipient of the Viewer's Choice Award's "41's Top 41" by WMGT, Channel 41 NBC.

Dr. Jones is a distinguished 26-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a 2004 alum of Leadership Macon, and a 2018 Middle Georgia Regional Champion. She is a State Committee Member of the Georgia Democratic Party, as well as an Executive Board Member of the Macon-Bibb County Democratic Party, where she serves as Chairman. Dr. Jones is President-Elect of the Main Street Macon Board, which is committed to the economic development and revitalization of the Central Business District of Downtown Macon. She is an Advocate with Citizen Advocacy, and she serves as a member of the Sisterhood Organization, which promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and testing in Middle Georgia. She also sponsors several adolescent and teen sports teams, proving uniforms and funding for children and youth in the region.

Dr. Jones is a serial entrepreneur, owning businesses in the area that include the Pink Chief Boutique, Pink Confetti Rentals, and Vanguard Motor Group. 

Contact Dr. Anissa Jones, District 1:

478-746-7246 (Phone) (Email)


Desmond D. Brown  (District 2)

Desmond D. Brown was elected as the District 2 Member of the Macon Water Authority (MWA) Board on June 9, 2020. He filled the seat previously occupied for more than 30 years by long-time former MWA Board Member and friend, Javors J. Lucas. Mr. Brown started his tenure on the MWA Board in January of 2021.

In fact, Mr. Brown says he couldn't refuse the request by members of the Lucas family when they asked him to run for office to fill the seat of their late father on the MWA Board. Perhaps, he says, because he knows District 2 well, as his home, with an ability to recall his district from memory -- street by street, and neighborhood by neighborhood.

"That was special," says Mr. Brown, when reflecting on the encouragement he received to run for office from the family of the late Javors Lucas. "I plan to work in the same respect as Mr. Lucas did, and I pray that my service (on the MWA Board) will be sufficient.

Support for Mr. Brown in his successful bid for the MWA District seat -- his first campaign for public office -- came from a cross section of the community. His promise to his constituents is to be accountable, transparent, and accessible, while working to improve economic growth and development for District 2 in Macon-Bibb County. Mr. Brown says he intends to keep campaign promises of improving water and sewer infrastructure, while addressing neglected storm drains and other needs of the local stormwater system, which was recently taken over by the MWA.

Mr. Brown is a native of Macon who attended Bibb County Public Schools. He says his desire to serve his community as the District 2 Board Member of the MWA was first and foremost a personal decision, since he grew up in and around a number of historical neighborhoods, such as Bloomfield, Pleasant Hill, Bellevue, Greenbriar, West Macon, Unionville, and Cherokee Heights. His district is noted for containing several historical landmarks of the Macon-Bibb County community.

One of Mr. Brown's overarching goals for the MWA is to continue building upon the legacy of the Authority as a beacon of light for other rural cities and counties to emulate when attempting to bring economic growth to their respective communities.

Mr. Brown's professional career includes experience as an economic growth developer, a commercial mortgage broker, a loan officer, and as a certified investment banker. He says his familiarity with economic growth and development, especially, will be one of his greatest assets that he brings to the MWA Board. As a result of this salient professional experience, Mr. Brown anticipates that gathering knowledge about the issues impacting the MWA water, sewer, and stormwater systems, as well as corresponding and collaborating with MWA staff, will come naturally.

Mr. Brown has provided oversight on a number of construction projects locally, including as Assistant Superintendent for Stafford Builders & Construction, Inc. in the completion of the Tubman African American Museum. This and other professional accomplishments received the attention of Dollar and Sense Magazine, which recognized Mr. Brown as one of "America's Best and Brightest Business and Professional Men."

As for Mr. Brown's civic interests, he is a past board member of Loaves & Fishes, representing Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., where he and his family are members and he is an Ordained Deacon. He and his wife Keshia have three daughters and two sons.

"I'm ready to work," says Mr. Brown, who is hopeful his service on the MWA Board will leave a legacy that honors God, his family, and Mr. Lucas. "I take nothing for granted, and I thank God that He saw fit for me to serve."

Contact Desmond Brown, District 2:

404-630-3546 (Phone) (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 re-elected in May of 2016 and again in 2020, when he ran unopposed for the District 3 seat. He was sworn into office prior to January of 2021, beginning his second 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 Committees. Mr. Jones also is Chairman of the Board for the Authority's Non-Profit Subsidiary -- the Macon Water Alliance.

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) (Email)


Bill Howell, Macon-Bibb County Representative

Bill HowellBill Howell serves on the MWA Boar as one of the two elected Macon Bibb County Commissioners who are appointed to serve on the Authority's seven-member board. His term on the MWA Board began in January of 2021.

Bill was born and raised in Bibb County, and he has spent the majority of his life here. He has been self-employed since 1986, owning and operating a number of businesses both in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and in East Tennessee.

After living away from Macon-Bibb County, Bill and his wife of 30 years Melinda, moved back to Bibb County in 2018 for their retirement. As a result, Bill decided he wanted to give back to his hometown through public service. He then was elected as the Macon-Bibb County Commissioner for District 7.

Among the many areas of interest Bill has as an elected Macon-Bibb County Commissioner, and as one of the two appointments from the Commission on the MWA Board, is to address stormwater issues. This was one of his major campaign promises that he is looking forward to fulfilling by helping to solve stormwater related problems in the community through service on the MWA Board.

Bill says that as a Commissioner and MWA Board Member, he will have a unique perspective that he hopes brings value to his dual role in the community to better serve the citizens of Macon-Bibb County.

Contact Bill Howell, Macon-Bibb Commission - District 7:

478-731-9178 (Phone) (Email)


Valerie Wynn, Macon-Bibb County Representative

Valerie Wynn is one of two appointments to the MWA Board of Directors from the elected members of the Macon-Bibb County Commission. Mrs. Wynn is the Macon-Bibb County Commissioner from District 1. She was first elected to a partial term in June of 2018, prior to being re-elected for a full four-year term in June of 2020.

As a Macon-Bibb County Commissioner, Mrs. Wynn has chaired the Public Safety Committee, in addition to co-chairing the Economic and Community Development Committee. She also serves on two Pension Boards for Macon-Bibb County.

Professionally, Mrs. Wynn retired in 2017, from a 46-year career in the insurance industry. She worked for several major insurers during this time, including: Travelers, Prudential, GEICO, and her last 10 years in business at Selective Insurance Company.

Mrs. Wynn's civic interests over the years have included volunteer service with the Salvation Army, a tenure as Co-President of the former YWCA, as well as volunteering with local animal rescue groups and participation in fundraising. She is a current member of the Historic Macon Foundation, where she volunteers for their "Flea Market" fundraiser. In addition, she has volunteered for food drives to assist local families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among her hobbies, Mrs. Wynn enjoys buying and selling antiques, and she has three "booths" at Payne Mill Antiques, where she can be found most Mondays. She and her husband Rusty are residents of Northwest Macon.

"I have been following the work of the Macon Water Authority for years, particularly during the leadership of Frank Amerson," says Mrs. Wynn. "I feel the MWA is an important component of our city, providing a superior product -- water -- for our community. I wanted to be a part of the leadership of this Authority, and I hope to become more knowledgeable about the many functions of the MWA."

Mrs. Wynn says that as a County Commissioner she is very familiar with Stormwater Management operations and needs, locally, noting that she hopes her perspective and experience brings value to future policy decisions.

"With the MWA now taking over Stormwater Management for our community, I look forward to working with the Authority to oversee this new endeavor," she says. "I can now view it from another perspective beyond my role as a County Commissioner."

Mrs. Wynn is humbled by the opportunity to serve as  Macon-Bibb County Representative on the MWA Board.

"I feel it is an honor to serve on the MWA Board, and I look forward to learning and contributing however I can during my time in this leadership position."

Contact Valerie Wynn, Macon-Bibb Commission - District 1:

478-731-7725 (Phone) (Email)



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