- James Maxwell
Chairman, District 5
About: Chairman Maxwell has been married to China for 50 years and celebrates the joys everyday of being blessed with 9 children and 23 grandchildren. Maxwell is the Head Elder at Calvary Christian Center of South Georgia and has been a County Commissioner of Brooks County since 1993. Serving as the current Chairman of Brooks County Board of Commissioners, Mr. Maxwell is also actively involved with several other organizations in the community; Chairman of the FEMA Board, member of the Board of Health, Board of Coastal Plains Area EOA, Inc., President of South Georgia Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, Inc. and Vice President of the Brooks County Democratic Party.
As a retired Veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Maxwell heroically served our country ultimately being honored and pinned as a recipient of the Purple Heart. In addition, Maxwell has also served as a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the State of Georgia.
The Countywide elected Chairman conducts all Board of Commission (BOC) meetings, prepares and presents the BOC agenda, and appoints Commission members for each BOC standing committee.
- Patrick Folsom
Vice Chair, District 2
About: Commissioner Patrick Folsom has lived in Brooks County his entire life and has farmed the same land and lineage of livestock as his father and grandfather. He currently works for Norfolk Southern Corporation for over 22 years as well as held many positions in the SMART Transportation Union. The SMART Transportation Union has afforded him the opportunity to show his support on Capitol Hill lobbying for Rail Labor and Transportation Safety. Commissioner Folsom was elected County Commissioner for District 2 in 2018 and is currently serving as Vice Chairman. Commissioner Folsom was appointed to Mid-South RC&D Council, Dept. of Family and Children Services, and the Public Works Board. Commissioner Folsom and his wife, Lisa, are proud to be raising their two sons in this friendly community.
- Rhett Rowe
About: Originally born and raised in Brooks County, Rhett spent several years after graduating culinary school living in both Florida and Alabama. After meeting and marrying his now-wife, Kate, they decided to move back to Brooks County to start a family. They now have three children—going on four—and reside in Quitman.
From involvement with youth sports, church, and our local school system, Rhett is fully invested in the Brooks County community. He is also a member of the Brooks County Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Society.
Rhett’s philosophy is that of expansion and growth while also preserving our hometown values and charm. His goal is to restore common sense, reduce frivolous spending, and promote fairness and transparency.
- Willie Cody
About: Commissioner Cody is the son of the Madaleen Spencer Cody and the late James Wesley Mosley. A lifelong resident of Brooks County, Mr. Cody is a graduate of Brooks County High School where he played football, ran track, and then furthered his education attending Valdosta Technical School. Mr. Cody and his wife Sandra are the proud parents of 5 adult children.
Mr. Cody attends Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Quitman, GA where he is actively involved in several missionary programs and presently is the Chairman of the Deacon Board.
Commissioner Cody was elected in 2009 to the Brooks County Board of Commissioners and is presently serving his third term. He is actively involved in several community programs that promote growth and improved lifestyles of all Brooks County citizens. Cody is humbled to have been elected to serve the citizens of Brooks County and is proud of the many accomplishments of the Board of Commissioners during his tenure. Commissioner Cody firmly believes, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
- Myra Exum
About: Myra Exum is a long-life resident of Brooks County, GA. She has been married to her husband, Chris Exum, for 30 years and has three children, Jessica, Ashley, and Blake. Chris and Myra also have two grandsons. Myra currently serves on the Brooks County Board of Commissioners, a position she has held for 7 years, and has served as the board-elected Chair for 3 years.
Previously, Myra has served on numerous boards and committees for her community. She served as President for the Brooks County Educational Foundation, a board member for the Brooks County School System, and President of the PTA for North Brooks Elementary School. She has also served on the advisory board for the FFA program at Brooks County High School. Recently, Myra was nominated and won the Brooks County Chamber of Commerce award for the “Woman of the Year”.
Myra Exum has dedicated herself to public service and to the enrichment of Brooks County for her fellow citizens who call the community home. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach & spending time with her grandchildren. Myra recently retired as a Comptroller from Griner Automotive Group, Inc. after 30 years in the automotive industry. She is now assisting her husband with the operations of their family farm.
About the Board of Commissioners Meeting:
The Brooks County Board of Commissioners meet on the first Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 5 p.m. and include Public Hearings and Department Workshops.
If you would like to speak at one of our Commission meetings, please fill out and submit an Agenda Request Form to the County Clerk no later than the Monday, noon, one week prior to the next meeting.
To learn more about Board appointments, please visit the Board of Commissioners appointment page.