BioSusan Holmes is a product of rural Georgia. She is a seventh generation Jasper Countian raised
on a cotton farm in the community of Farrar in northern Jasper County.
Susan was an honor graduate of Monticello High School and received a BS degree in Business
Education from the University of Georgia. In later years she earned over 144 hours credit in
administration and leadership from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of
Georgia. She has taught school (both public and private), served as a postmaster, a legal
assistant, and was CFO of a family owned insurance company. She is a licensed real estate agent.
She served on the board of directors of Griffin Technical College, Piedmont Academy, and has
been a member of the Jasper County Zoning Board, Jasper Memorial Hospital Board, the Jasper
County Library Board, and the Georgia trust for Historic Preservation. She was a member of the
Jasper County Board of Health for eleven years, serving as chair for the last year. She was a
member of the Georgia College and State University Foundation Board and the Griffin Technical
College Foundation Board.
Susan served twelve years as Mayor of the City of Monticello. Elected as the first female mayor
and working with a majority black council, she succeeded in bringing many honors to the City
along with making unprecedented progress. The City of Monticello was named one of the first
ten Better Hometown Cities in the state, one of the first five Cities of Excellence, and a City of
Ethics. The downtown area has undergone extensive restoration and is on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Mrs. Holmes as vice chair of the Rural Development Council
and appointed her to the Georgia Workforce Development Council. She has served as president
of the Georgia Municipal Association which represents over 600 Georgia cities. She was on the
board of the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, the Georgia Academy of
Economic Development, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Training Board, Leadership
Jasper, and Monticello Downtown Development Authority.
Mrs. Holmes was selected as Monticello-Jasper County Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of
Commerce. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend
Magazine and one of the five most outstanding women in Middle Georgia by the Girl Scouts
Council. She received recognition as Northeast Georgia’s Most Outstanding Citizen and the
Georgia Downtown Association’s Outstanding Leadership Award.
In January 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as State Executive Director of the
Farm Service Agency for the State of Georgia. With 84 offices around the State, Mrs. Holmes
administered and managed farm commodity, credit, conservation disaster, and loan programs.
These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and
to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. Economically, the desired result of these
programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for both farmers and consumers.
Susan and her husband of 48 years, Paul Holmes, live in Monticello where they are members of
Monticello Presbyterian Church. Susan is a member of the Monticello-Jasper Chamber of
Commerce, Jasper County Historical Foundation, Monticello Garden Club, Monticello Kiwanis
Club, and Sergeant Newton Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan and Paul are very
proud of their children, John and Lou Holmes and Cammie and Thomas McCook of Macon, Sam
and Lara Holmes of Atlanta and their eight grandchildren, Paul and Sims Holmes, students at the
University of Georgia, Tommy, Evans, and Shorter McCook of Macon, and Sam, Susan, and
Cammie Holmes of Atlanta.