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Russ Deen elected to the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors
Russ Deen
Mayor Russ Deen

Special to the Herald

ATLANTA – Guyton Mayor Russell Deen has been sworn in as a member of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 term. Deen holds a seat as District Twelve President.

This year’s Board of Directors was elected and installed during GMA’s annual convention in Savannah in June.

Mayor Deen said, “It is an honor to represent GMA District 12. Our region is in an unprecedented time of growth and opportunity. I’m excited to help shape our collective futures.”

“We are pleased to have Mayor Russell Deen serving in this leadership position,” said GMA CEO & Executive Director Larry Hanson. “Mayor Deen is well respected by his colleagues and will provide excellent guidance to the GMA Board of Directors.”

The 63-member board consists of active city officials, primarily mayors and councilmembers, from across the state. Seats are also designated for the presidents of the Georgia City-County Management Association, the Georgia Municipal Clerks Association and the GMA City Attorneys section, as well as the chair of the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System Board of Trustees.

GMA’s Board of Directors provides general oversight and guidance to the 537-member organization, adopts governance policies and advocates for cities’ legislative interests at the state and federal levels.

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to all of Georgia’s cities. Created in 1933, the GMA is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. For more information, click on its website at