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Terry Waters seeking to be elected as District 4 Tattnall Commissioner
Terry Waters
Terry Waters

Russell “Terry” Waters qualified last week to be placed on the May 21, 2024, ballot for the office of District 4 Tattnall County Commissioner.

Terry Waters is a lifelong resident of Tattnall County and is retired from a civil service career at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, spanning 46 years. He enlisted in the Georgia National Guard in June of 1969 and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) with 35 years of National Guard service, also.

A 1967 graduate of Glennville High School, Waters graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1987, and had previously attended Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia.

He began his career on Ft. Stewart as a cashier in the Ft. Stewart Commissary.  After two years there, he became employed full time as a mechanic with the Georgia National Guard at MATES (Mobilization and Training Equipment Site) for the next eight years. In 1992, Waters began employment at DOL (Director of Logistics) as a Combat Vehicle Mechanic, and during this time served as president of the local union, where he was knowledgeable of employee policies, hiring, and termination regulations.

Waters served in various supervisory positions beginning in 1992, which included Chief of Shop Operations for Director of Logistics. In this position, he oversaw the repairs of combat and engineer equipment in subject positions, which entailed management of a large budget. He retired in June of 2018.

During his tenure on Ft. Stewart, he was chief selecting official for the hiring, termination, and discipline of subject employees. All subject shops were maintained to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards and were inspected to ensure they were held to the highest standards of safety and policies, as directed by the Dept. of Defense.   Also, in this position, he was required to hold a top secret security clearance.

Waters is a member of Philadelphia Lodge #73 F&AM and a charter member of the Tattnall Shrine Club.

He is a member of the Glennville Rotary Club where he serves as a Director. He also is a member of the Glennville Lions Club and was voted as Citizen of the Year by the club in 2022. In addition, Waters has served on the Glennville Sweet Onion Festival Committee for several years.

Waters is a resident of Love’s Chapel Road, Glennville, and he and his wife, Pam Waters, owned The Glennville Sentinel for over 35 years. They sold the newspaper in 2016, and Pam is currently employed by The Journal Sentinel.

Terry and Pam have three grown sons, with one, Shawn, deceased; son Ryan lives in Valdosta and Brandon in Texas. They have a16-year-old daughter, Dixie Waters, who is a sophomore at Tattnall County High School. They have two granddaughters, Macy Waters Barrow (husband Jacob) and Liz Waters; a grandson, Cade Sikes; a great-granddaughter, McKinley Barrow; and a great-grandson, Gunner Barrow. 

The Waters family are members of First Baptist Church of Glennville.

“I have experience in personnel management, vehicle maintenance, and logistics that will be valuable in the responsibilities as a Tattnall County Commissioner.  I have ample time and desire to serve the citizens of Tattnall County, with responsiveness to calls and questions.  If elected, I will diligently work to be transparent in commissioner actions and decisions. As a lifelong resident of Tattnall, my heart is in this community. I ask for your vote and support in the upcoming election of May 21,” said Waters.

“I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns at 912-320-3235 or email of  Thank you for your prayers and guidance as I seek this office to serve you, the citizens, to the best of my ability,” said Waters.