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Chuck Williams named director of Georgia Forestry Commission

Oconee County Farm Bureau member Chuck Williams began serving as director of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Sept. 1. Williams replaces Robert Farris, who retired in May.

Williams has served in leadership roles for both the GFC & the Georgia Forestry Association and was the 2005 Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year. Since 2011, he represented Georgia's 119th District (part of Clarke & Oconee counties) in the Georgia House of Representatives. A special election will be held to fill the seat.

"As a forest landowner, Chuck has a keen understanding of the forestry community in our state and country. His years of service on the GFC Board of Directors, coupled with his extensive background in economics, make him uniquely qualified to lead GFC as it provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia's forest resources," Gov. Nathan Deal said in a released statement announcing Williams' hire.

Williams and his wife, Beth, live in Oconee County.