Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that he has nominated Jud Turner to serve as the next director of the Environmental Protection Division.
Turner will succeed Allen Barnes, who is resigning from state government to pursue interests in the private sector while continuing his important role as a member of Georgia’s tri-state water negotiations team. The nomination requires approval from the board of the Department of Natural Resources. Turner would begin work the first week in January.
“Jud Turner brings a wealth of experience, expertise and leadership to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division,” Deal said. “As a former executive counsel to my predecessor and as counsel for the state in our tri-state water negotiations, Jud will hit the ground running and provide a seamless transition for EPD. Jud is a public servant ready to put his skills to work protecting our environment, a task as crucial to the health of Georgia families as it is to our economic development and job creation. I greatly appreciate the longtime service of Allen Barnes, his professionalism and the great working relationship that we have enjoyed together.”
Turner is a founding partner of the law firm Turner, Bachman and Garrett LLC and Georgia360 LLC, a multidisciplinary public affairs firm. He previously served as former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s executive counsel. Turner also served as the then-governor’s legal representative in negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding drought operations at the federal reservoirs of the ACF and ACT river basins.
Since serving as executive counsel, Turner has served both Govs. Perdue and Deal as special executive counsel in negotiations between the states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida related to the ACF and ACT basins and on other matters involving Georgia’s other shared river basins. He also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education from 2003 -05 and was involved in a general commercial litigation practice at Bradley, Arant Rose and White LLP in Birmingham, Ala., prior to his government service.
Turner received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, where he served as president of the Student Government Association, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in political science and economics. The Albany native and his wife, Courtney, live in Griffin with their two children.