Hodges appointed to public defenders council

G.S. "Gator" Hodges

G.S. "Gator" Hodges

Butts County Commissioner G.S. "Gator" Hodges was tapped last week for a seat on the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, the agency that oversees the representation of indigent criminal defendants.

Hodges was one of five new appointees to the council announced by Gov. Nathan Deal on July 27. The council is under the executive branch of the state government, and operates as an independent agency with nine board members.

Hodges was elected to the Butts County Commission in 2008 and took office in 2009. He works for CSX Transportation, and previously worked as a police officer with the Bryan County Sheriff's Office and the Henry County Police Department.

He studied criminal justice at Georgia Southern University.

Hodges was appointed by the Speaker of the Georgia House to the Middle Ocmulgee Water Council and he is also the chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

Others appointed last week to the Public Defender Standards Council were: Donna Avans Seagraves, who has worked as a public defender in Georgia for 24 years; Lamar Paris, who is serving his third term as Union County's sole commissioner; Ron Cross, of Evans, Ga., who chairs the Columbia County Commission; and David Sims, a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, who practiced law in Savannah for 20 years.