Boyd Austin to Lead GEFA Board of Directors
ATLANTA – Boyd Austin, mayor of Dallas, Ga., has been elected chairman of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors effective January 1, 2015. He has served on the GEFA board since 2010, and succeeds Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough.
Austin was elected chairman by the GEFA board on October 28, 2014, during its quarterly meeting. Butts County Commissioner Gator Hodges will remain board vice chairman.
“Mayor Austin and Mayor McCullough are dedicated public servants and have contributed greatly to GEFA’s success. We look forward to working with Mayor Austin as he leads the GEFA board of directors,” said Kevin Clark, GEFA executive director.
“I look forward to the role of GEFA board chairman. The opportunity to work directly with projects that conserve and improve the state’s energy, land and water resources is very rewarding,” said Austin.
“I’d like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve as the GEFA board chairman,” said McCullough. “I look forward to working with Mayor Austin as he assumes the role.”
Austin, elected in 1995, is the longest-serving mayor in Dallas, Ga., history, and is currently serving his fifth term in office. He is a member of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Governing Board, Paulding County Board of Public Health, Paulding County Airport Authority, and the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority. Austin works as the property manager for Homeplace Communities Management LLC, which manages several independent senior communities in metro Atlanta.
Austin currently serves as trustee of the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefits System, and was elected board vice-chair in 2014. He is active with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), where he is on the board of directors, the executive board, the Legislative Policy Committee, the Capitol Action Team, and is chair of the Member Services Committee. In 2014, as a result of his work for the association, Austin was elected third vice-president for GMA, and is slated to serve as president in 2017.
Austin has been a member of the governing board of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District since 2003, where he was elected chair of the board in 2011 and 2014. From 2001 to 2002, Austin served on the first Statewide Water Study Committee, where he chaired its Inter-Basin Transfer Study Committee.
Austin’s dedication to his community extends beyond his public service work. A member of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, he serves on the Executive Council and teaches men’s Sunday school. Austin is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Sons of the American Legion, the Paulding County Genealogical Society, and the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Dallas Lodge #182 F&AM, Bartlett Lodge #139 F&AM, Yaarab Shrine Temple, as well as a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Austin is a Life Member of the University of Georgia’s Alumni Association and a member of the University of Georgia’s Heritage Society.
A life-long Dallas resident, he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Georgia. In 2014, Austin was named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine.