Monday, August 9, 2010

Taylor County Native Darryl Hicks is Officially the Democratic Nominee for Labor Commisisoner

News I forgot to mentioned on here, but after a recount, Darryl Hicks in now the democratic nominn for Labor Commisisoner. He will take on Mark Butler (R-Carrollton) for the right to succeed Michael Thurmond as Labor Commissioner.

Here's a little about Darryl: He is from Taylor County (Reynolds), Born & Raised, he is a lifelong Georgian, with more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors. His skill set includes community relations, government affairs, economic development, job creation and business management. He served as the chief of staff to the chairman of Fulton County, Hicks fashioned three consecutive annual county budgets that provided surpluses, never raised property taxes, streamlined government, cut waste and saved jobs.

Prior to joining the County in 2007, Hicks, a centrist democrat was a 2006 candidate for Georgia Secretary of State. He garnered an impressive number of statewide votes for a first-time candidate, attracting nationwide attention, in both the primary and the runoff election.

Before running for office, Hicks spent more than 20 years as a professional in the private sector in management with AGL Resources, parent company of Atlanta Gas Light Company. While a key member of AGL’s leadership team, Hicks served in several management posts, including operations manager, director of customer service, assistant to the chairman and CEO and director of government relations. He also played a role in the auditing functions of AGL Resources.

In addition to his professional attributes, for the past two decades Hicks has been dedicated to community service and has taken an active role in the community. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Atlanta Metropolitan College Foundation, after completing five years as its chairman. The foundation provides financial and community support to the College and its students. Hicks is also a member of the board of Atlanta-based Mutual Savings Credit Union, and chairs its credit committee.

He sits on the board of the Center for the Visually Impaired and chairs its Advocacy Committee, is a member of the advisory council of Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Hicks’ civic endeavors have received national recognition. In June 2002, he was honored by President George W. Bush as the “Outstanding Volunteer of Georgia.”

In 2003, Hicks earned a M.B.A. in executive management from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

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