Meet Your Commissioners


Desse Davis, Vice Chairman

Desse, Mr. Davis, Coach Davis, Deacon Davis- whatever name one uses, he is willing to answer. He was born Desse Ervin Davis in 1938 in Swainsboro to parents Bessie Lucille and Carlos Davis. His father died from an automobile accident when he and his brothers and sisters were very young. Their mother, being a hard working lady managed to see that her children were taken care of and educated. After graduating from high school, Desse worked hard and with his mother’s help, graduated from Fort Valley State College (University) with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and began teaching at Emanuel County Elementary and High School. It is here where he met his wife to be, Nellie Zackery.
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To this union were born three children; Desse, Jr., John Carlos and Natalie Cher. That marriage is now in its 47thyear. Unfortunately, one son, the eldest passed away at age 24. John, the second son is an accountant and lives and works in Atlanta and Natalie is a managing news editor with the Union Recorder in Milledgeville, GA. While teaching for 23 years and coaching football and track, he continued his education and received a master’s degree and an education specialist’s degree from Georgia Southern College (University) and Valdosta State College (University). He was later named principal of Swainsboro High School. During his tenure there, Swainsboro High was named by the Governor, a Georgia Public School of Excellence and a National Blue Ribbon School in 1993. After completing more than 30 years in public education, Desse retired, but not to quit work. He became principal at a youth detention center. This lasted more than five years. He has also received recognition in other areas:
  • 25 years of service as athletic official with the Georgia High School Association
  • Several years on the Swainsboro Appeals Board
  • Image Award given by Black Citizens of Emanuel County
  • Fraternal Managers Certificate as a salesperson with Modern Woodmen of America
  • Certificate of Membership in the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Heart of Georgia Workforce Investment Board, member 1997 to present
  • Emanuel County Commissioner since 1995 and is recognized as a Certified Advanced Commissioner and has served as Chairman three times during his tenure
  • Charges from both Gov. Zell Miller and Gov. Sonny Perdue for his responsibilities as a County Commissioner
  • Currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Self Insured Commissioners of Georgia
  • Many more could be listed.  Desse has given much to others but never neglected his
  • responsibilities to God and family.



Hugh Foskey

Hugh was born and educated in Emanuel County.  He lives in the western part of the County where he has been farming for over 50 years.  Hugh is the owner/operator of Foskey Farm and the President of Foskey Turf Farm & Mule-Pen Trucking.  He is married to Donna and has three grown children; Jill, Richard and Nathan.  He is a member of Corinth United Methodist Church and currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.  Over the years, Hugh has been involved in numerous clubs and committees in the County.  He served five years on the Hospital Authority before becoming a County Commissioner.




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Keith R. Thompson, Chairman



Keith Thompson was born in Emanuel County and has lived here most of his life.  He graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1973 and also graduated from Athens Technical College with a degree in Commercial Art.  He has been a small business owner in Emanuel County for over 35 years.  Thompson was sworn in as Emanuel County Commissioner on January 1, 1999 and continues to serve the citizens of Emanuel County in that role.  He also serves on the Emanuel County Health Board and has served on the Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce.  He is Chairman of the Swainsboro Emanuel County Recreation Board.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Spivey State Bank.  In 2011 he was voted "Person of the Year"  by the Swainsboro Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce.  Thompson was instrumental in helping form Emanuel Christian Ministries Church where he serves as Deacon.  He also taught Sunday School and serves as Treasurer.  He is married to Lynn Peebles Thompson and has one son, Kal.
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