It is with great sadness that we report Jay Powell, a longtime advocate for Georgia cities and proponent of home rule, has passed away.
“This is a tremendous loss of an outstanding public official and a dedicated public servant,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “As a former Mayor of Camilla, past president of GMA, as a House member, Chairman of Ways and Means and most recently Chairman of Rules, Jay has been a friend to GMA and a friend to cities.”
A longtime resident of Camilla, Powell spent years serving the people of his city and state. In addition to the roles mentioned above, he served as a judge for the Municipal Court of Camilla and as a house member on the Appropriations Subcommittee and as co-chairman of the House Rural Development Council. He also held past roles with the Camilla Chamber of Commerce, Camilla Rotary Club, the City of Camilla Development Authority, the South Georgia Governmental Services Authority and the Mitchell County Board of Health.
Powell leaves behind his wife, Deidra, and three daughters, Jessica, Erica and Elizabeth. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.