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Mayor and Council
The City of Port Wentworth is a Georgia municipal corporation with an elected Mayor and six elected Council Members. Council Members are elected for Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4; the Mayor and two Council Members are elected at-large; and the Council elects a Mayor Pro-Tem.
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Gary Norton was born and raised in Port Wentworth where he played football and baseball from the age of 6 to 18. At the age of 21 he coached the last Colt League in the history of Port Wentworth at the request of Lewis Mobley, whose son played on the team. He graduated from Groves High School in 1975 furthering his education in management through the International Management Council. In 1981, Gary married Donna Alford-Norton from Pooler. They have a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. Mr. Norton raised his two children in Port Wentworth where he volunteered on the Recreation Department for 6 years. He coached his daughter’s softball teams for 7 years leading the 16 & Under girls team to the CAA Championship. He also coached his son’s baseball, football and basketball teams for 2 years.
Donald (Herschel) Hodges moved to Port Wentworth, Georgia with his parents back in 1950. He then went on to attend Groves High School in Garden City, Georgia where he achieved three years letterman in football along with being awarded All City, Golden Helmet, and Most Athletic.
Mr. Hodges enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended the Air Force Police Academy. After which, he made several deployments to Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. Following his tenure in the Air Force, Hodges was employed by The Georgia Port Authority as an Industrial Electrician for approximately two years. During this period, he also enlisted in the Air National Guard.
Hodges later became employed as the superintendent of Hutchinson Island for the Savannah Army Corps of Engineers. While there he spent time at multiple schools and colleges for classes in such things as business management, environmental law, and federal grant writing. He also attended dive school in Key West, Florida where he obtained advanced diver skills and knowledge.
In 1990 Hodges was activated by the Air National Guard for Dessert Storm One. In the course of this assignment he took a full-time position in Security Forces in the Active Guard Reserves (AGR) and traveled to multiple countries for drug interdictions in South America.
On September 11, 2001 Hodges was mobilized in his rank as Chief Master Sargent to supervise 65 members of the 165th Security Forces Squadron in support of Operation Noble Eagle. He was later deployed to Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and Baghdad.
Before retiring from his 32-year military career Hodges has received the following:
In 2007 Hodges was chosen to be the first Anti-terrorism officer at the 165th Air National Guard. He retired from this position in 2016 and currently serves as a volunteer at the Veterans Administration clinic in Savannah.
Mark Stephens, SSCP is a member of the International
Information System Security Certification Consortium (aka (ISC)^2) and holds
degrees in both Criminal Justice and Information Security and Assurance from
Atlanta Metropolitan College & Kennesaw State University
respectively. He is responsible for helping to secure data and the
networks of a multibillion dollar Global Aerospace Company by performing
multiple roles within Information Security. Mark currently holds
several Information Technology certifications and in the past, has held
technical certifications from organizations such as Cisco Systems, Palo Alto
Networks and Microsoft. Mr. Stephens moved to Port Wentworth in 2013 and enjoys
traveling, discovering great music, researching Information Security and
technical issues & spending time with his family.
Lynwood Griner was born on June 6, 1966 at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. and spent most of his childhood on Godley Road in Port Wentworth with his parents and grandparents. Lynwood spent lots of hours fishing, hunting, trapping, riding go carts and motorcycles in the wooded areas on Godley Road and in the many hunting clubs between Port Wentworth and Pooler. “I’ve seen many changes to Port Wentworth, Pooler, and Garden City in my lifetime. I can remember riding on I-95 from Godley Road to Pooler when I-95 was still dirt.”
Lynwood served in the 165th GANG from 1984 -1991 as a Fuels Inventory Management Specialists and as the WRSK manager. Lynwood has served as a Jailor at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and with the following Police Departments: Bloomingdale, Garden City, Rincon, and Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. Lynwood also managed Grist Equipment Rental and now owns a small trucking company, LRG Transport Inc
Serving people and the community is Councilman Thomas Barbee's motto. He is a very familiar and friendly face to many residents of Port Wentworth. Born in Tennessee and raised in Indiana, he joined the United States Air Force in 1984 and retired in 2005 after 21 years of service. His work at the Pentagon along with decades of service ingrained a strong belief in accountability that guides him still and core values instilled by the Air Force “Integrity, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do”. Barbee moved to Port Wentworth in August 2011 and fell in love with the pulse of the community.
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