Reid Elected President of GMA

June 25, 2012

John Reid
 John Reid
Eatonton Mayor John Reid was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 25. He is the first city official from Eatonton to serve as president of the organization, which represents more than 500 cities in Georgia.

Reid won election to the city council in 1992 and ran for mayor in 2003, becoming the first African American mayor of the city. He has served 11 years without any opposition.

Under his leadership, Eatonton has garnered an impressive amount of grant funding for economic development and projects to improve the city’s quality of life. In May 2012, the city received the Project of the Year Award from the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia for its Lake Oconee expansion project.

Born and raised in Greensboro, Reid graduated from Greene County High School in 1973. Four years later he moved to Eatonton and married the former Janie Butts, now a Putnam County Commissioner. Together they have three children and eight grandchildren. Reid’s professional career includes many years working for Horton Homes where he served as a lead supervisor. After leaving Horton Homes, he pursued a career in the insurance industry, where he has earned numerous awards and certifications.

Reid is very active in his community, region and state and his service to GMA is well documented. He has served as a chair of one of GMA’s six standing policy committees, is the immediate past chairman of the Legislative Policy Council and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

“Mayor Reid is well respected by city officials around the state,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “He brings knowledge, experience and a passion for cities to his role as president of GMA.”