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December 30, 2006

Mayor Holmes Expected To Be Next State Farm Services Director

Strong rumors persist and several sources have confirmed that the next State Director of the Farm Services Agency (FSA) (formally known as ASCS, a part of the US Dep’t of Agriculture) will be Susan D. Holmes of Monticello.

In October this year at the “Meet and Greet” for Rep. Jim Cole and US Senator Saxby Chambliss (Head of the Agriculture Committee in the US Senate) hosted by Mrs. Holmes, Senator Chambliss dropped some hints about “taking the Mayor to Athens.”

Harry L. Kemp, DVM, had been selected to oversee operations of the Georgia State Farm Service Agency office beginning August 21 until the appointment of a new state executive director. Dr. Kemp has a background and some expertise for the position.

The FSA Director is responsible for administering FSA farm commodity, farm loan, conservation, and disaster assistance programs. Sources tell TWG that this will be Mayor Holmes’ new job starting in January 2007. Politically appointed jobs do not always guarantee the right person for the job. Campaign contributions always play a role. (See partial list of Mrs. Holmes’ and immediate family contributions below.) We expect there will be quite a learning curve as FSA Director.

Sixteen of Georgia’s 83 Farm Service Agency offices have been recommended for closure in a proposal submitted to the federal FSA office, according to the June/ July issue of the Georgia Farm Service Agency Newsletter. According to the Georgia FSA News­letter, the offices recommended for clo­sure are: Dougherty, Seminole, Pulaski, Ware, Wheeler, Baker, Evans, Hall, Hous­ton, Johnson, Lanier, Brantley, Walker, Greene, Coweta and Irwin/Ben Hill. The Georgia FSA Committee used three cri­teria to decide if county offices should be considered for closure. If an office met two out of three criteria the office was recommended. The criteria are: 1) within 15 miles of another office 2) a shared management office and 3) low workload and or staffing.

Will the City of Monticello be having another special election or appointment to fill the job of Mayor? It is questionable that Mrs. Holmes can do both jobs well at the same time.

Contributor  Occupation Date Amount Recipient
HOLMES, SUSAN        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  4/12/2002 $1,000 Chambliss, Saxby
         
HOLMES LARA        
ATLANTA,GA 30305 HOMEMAKER 4/12/2002 $1,000 Chambliss, Saxby
         
HOLMES, JOHN        
MACON,GA 31210 LIFE OF THE SOUTH 4/12/2002 $500         Chambliss, Saxby
         
HOLMES, JOHN PAUL        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 LIFE SOUTH 4/12/2002 $500         Chambliss, Saxby
         
HOLMES, SAMUEL        
ATLANTA,GA 30305 INSIGNIA/ESG  11/23/2001    $1,000 Chambliss, Saxby
         
HOLMES, SUSAN        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  3/21/2004   $2,000 Isakson, Johnny
         
HOLMES, JOHN        
MACON,GA 31210     3/21/2004   $250  Isakson, Johnny
         
HOLMES, PAUL        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 LIFE OF THE SOUTH 3/21/2004   $2,000 Isakson, Johnny
         
HOLMES, SAMUEL D        
ATLANTA,GA 30305 INSIGNIA ESG  2/12/2003 $2,000 Isakson, Johnny
         
HOLMES, JOHN P MR        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 INSURANCE SALES 3/28/2005                 $500         Marshall, Jim
         
HOLMES, SUSAN MAYOR      
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  3/28/2005                 $500         Marshall, Jim
         
HOLMES, SUSAN MAYOR      
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  6/3/2004   $500         Marshall, Jim
         
HOLMES, SUSAN        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  11/3/2006  $1000         Collins, Mac
         
HOLMES, SUSAN        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  10/22/2002  $500         Collins, Mac
         
HOLMES, JOHN        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 BEST EFFORT 12/15/2004   $1,000 Republican Party of Georgia
         
HOLMES, SAMUEL        
ATLANTA,GA 30305 INSIGNIA/ESG  9/23/200 $1,000 Republican Party of Georgia
         
HOLMES, SUSAN MRS        
MONTICELLO,GA 31064 CITY OF MONTICELLO  2/12/2003  $2,500 Republican Party of Georgia


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