Travis Turner, chairman of the White County board of commissioners, has been elected vice chairman of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors. He succeeds former Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman. Gov. Deal appointed Turner to the GEFA board in November 2014.

Turner was elected vice chairman by the GEFA board on November 10, 2016. He started as vice chairman at the board’s most recent meeting on January 23, 2017. Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin continues serving as GEFA board chairman.


“Commissioner Turner is a dedicated public servant and has contributed greatly to GEFA’s success. We look forward to working with him as he helps lead the GEFA board of directors,” said Kevin Clark, GEFA executive director.

“I’d like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve as the vice chairman of the GEFA board,” said Turner. “I look forward working with Mayor Austin and GEFA to help conserve and improve Georgia’s energy, land, and water resources.”

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Turner—a lifelong White County resident—was elected chairman of the White County board of commissioners in 2009. He represents the White County board of commissioners on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. Turner serves as vice chairman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund board of trustees. He is a former member of the State Workforce Investment Board.

Turner worked in the financial industry for 17 years, last serving as the senior vice president and senior lender for Regions Bank. He then managed and reorganized his family’s lumber business, Mt. Yonah Lumber Company, until its sale.

Turner is actively involved with various community organizations, including the White County Rotary Club. He and his family attend the Cleveland Worship Center where he has served on the board of deacons. Turner earned his associate degree from Truett McConnell University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from North Georgia College and State University. He and his wife, Catherine, reside in Cleveland with their two children.