Meet the Commissioner & Staff

Gary W. Black, Commissioner
Commissioner Gary W. Black is the sixteenth Georgian to hold the office of Commissioner of Agriculture since the department’s inception in 1874. He began his career with the Georgia Farm Bureau leading the young farmer leadership development program.   More>>

Dr. James Sutton
Director of Operations
Dr. James Sutton was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia.  He is a graduate of both Griffin High School and Gordon College.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Agronomy from the University of Georgia in 1982 and 1984 respectively.  More>>

Dan Brown
Chief Information Officer / Director of Administration

On May 1, 2013, Dan Brown was named Chief Information Officer and Director of Administration. Dan’s areas of responsibility include the Finance Department, the Licensing Division, Information Technology, the Consumer Services Call Center, Facilities, Mail and Courier services. More>>

Dr. Robert Cobb
Division Director of Animal Industry
Recognizing the need for qualified and trained veterinary assistants, Dr. Cobb worked with the leadership at the Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin in 1995 to create a Veterinary Assistants program.   Students in the one-year certificate program also benefited from hands-on experience with Dr. Cobb at Dublin Animal Hospital.  More>>

Joyce White
Director of Constituent Services

Joyce White grew up in Forest Park, Georgia and graduated from Forest Park Senior High and received her degree from Clayton State College and University. After college, she joined Georgia Pacific Corporation where she worked on an executive level, holding various positions for 21 years.  More>>

Natalie Adan
Division Director of Food Safety
Natalie Adan is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University.  More>>

Richard Lewis
Division Director of Fuel & Measures
Richard Lewis is from Jackson Georgia and is a 1984 graduate of Piedmont Academy. He attended both Gordon College in Barnesville and Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.  More>>

Mark Norton
Division Director of Licensing
Mark Norton is a Georgia native and lives in Conyers. He came to the Georgia Department of Agriculture Food Safety Division in 1987. He is active in numerous food safety organizations including the Association of Food & Drug Officials, Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States, International Association for Food Protection, Georgia Association for Food Protection and the Georgia Environmental Health Association. Commissioner Black appointed him Director of the Licensing Division on May 1, 2013.  More>>

Jack Spruill
Division Director of Marketing
Jack is a native of Georgia and was active in Future Farmers of America during high school, serving as a state officer. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Animal Science.  More>>


Tommy Gray
Division Director of
Plant Industry
Tommy Gray grew up in Cedartown, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics. He then went to work for Gold Kist, Inc.’s Agri-Services Division in 1985. Tommy began his career with the Georgia Department of Agriculture in March of 1989 as Pesticide Field Agent. He subsequently moved into management and oversaw the Pesticide Division’s Licensing and Enforcement Programs from 1991 to 2012. More>>


Dr. Reuben Beverly
Division Director of
Laboratory Division
Dr. Reuben Beverly came to the Georgia Department of Agriculture in 1999 as State Chemist and Director of the Chemical Laboratories Division, and was appointed Director of the Plant Industry Division in 2011.  Prior to that, he served as Director of the Precision Farming Division for GoldKist Inc. More>>


Site Map | Printable View | Copyright © 2014 Georgia Department of Agriculture.