Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson is retiring. (ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Bryson, who is retiring after holding the position since Dec. 1, 2016, said Tuesday he planned to retire several years ago. But his plans changed with Kemp became the governor. His role as GEMA director was a highlight of his career.
“It really gave me the opportunity to do what I love,” Bryson said.
Bryson, appointed by former Gov. Nathan Deal, is the former commissioner of the Department of Corrections, and his public safety career spans 37 years. Prior to that, Bryson was with the Department of Natural Resources. Bryson’s path of service began when he was 15 and worked as a state wildlife officer near his hometown of Waycross, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2016.
“I knew pretty shortly after that there was no question in what I wanted to do,” he said. “I looked up to the conservation rangers.”
On Tuesday, Kemp said Bryson’s work ethic is respected all over the state.
“We acknowledge his service and many sacrifices that he has given us and this great state,” Kemp said. “Homer has literally given his entire career to the state of Georgia.”