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Planning & Zoning Board

Contact: Tracy Rye, AICP - Planning & Zoning Director
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: 770-920-7241

Chairman - Larry Lewallen
Larry is a life-long Douglas County resident and local area businessman. Prior to this appointment to the Douglas County Planning and Zoning Board as Chairman, Larry served over nine years as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board representing District IV and serving as Vice Chairman. In addition to serving Douglas County in this capacity, Larry served on the Board of the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority and as President-elect of GIADA, the Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association.

Vice-Chairman - Rickey Roland
Rickey has been a Douglas County resident for over 40 years. He has been married to Donna Roland for 44 years; they have 3 adult sons and 1 granddaughter. Rickey is the manager of T&T Security. He is retired from the Atlanta Police Department and from Travelers Insurance Co. Rickey served as Chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party (2007-2008) and was the Douglas County Chair for the Nathan Deal for Governor Steering Committee. Rickey was Chairman of the "Kids Blue Light Christmas Special" from 1998-2010. He is a Trustee on the Hospital Authority of Douglas County and member of the Douglas Regional Health Board. He is also an active member of Ephesus Baptist Church. Rickey has received many awards for community service including: 2001 Douglas County Boys & Girls Club "Board Member of the Year"; January 2002 Douglas County United Way "Volunteer of the Month"; "Build a Better Georgia" award in 2000; and selected to "DC33" in 2006 by the Douglas County Sentinel.

Member - Brandon Pennamon
Brandon Derrick Pennamon is a 24 year old, Douglasville Georgia native. He is a current Junior at Liberty University. Since his early years of high school Brandon has had a passion for the youth and the betterment of future generations. After being raised in a single parent household he realized an inherent calling on his life to work with the youth and help restore young men to their rightful position as the head of the family. To accomplish these goals, he founded a Community Development Group entitled: “F.I.T. For the Future” & an all-male mentoring program entitled: “The M.E.N.S. Club”. Through FIT For the Future and The MENS Club Brandon has been able to host multiple events, initiatives, and programs that have actively engaged Douglasville, Douglas County, and other surrounding areas. His main area of focuses is his male mentoring program, The M.E.N.S. Club. He meets with these young men, ages 6-12, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week for 2 hours per day. During these session he works with them on homework, spends time playing sports with them, and teaches them life skills such as table etiquette, how to tie a tie, how to change a tire and a number of other things that young men need to know at a young age.

Member - Brig Simmons
Brig Simmons, a Georgia native and resident of Douglas County for over 38 years, is a retired Criminal Investigator with IRS. Following retirement he has operated his own business focusing upon computer forensics and financial investigation. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Enrolled Agent for practice before IRS and a licensed private investigator. He is active in community affairs and volunteers time with various organizations. He and his wife, Kathy, have volunteered more than 30 years with the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. They have one son and two grandchildren who reside in the county. He feels that the time is now to give back to Douglas County by working with County leaders to help frame the future.

Member - Wendy Mitchell
Wendy graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Elementary Education with ESOL and currently holds a Florida Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education/Grades K-6. She has worked with students in grades K-6 and taught grades two through six. Five years ago Wendy's family relocated from Homestead Florida and she and her husband, Robert, feel blessed to be a part of this great community in Douglas County. They have two beautiful children, Paige (11) and Ryan (9) and are very involved in their children's school and their extracurricular activities. As a Douglas County resident, Wendy is convinced that one way of providing a bright future for our children is to ensure that our community embraces the principles and practices that prepare and position us for the future.