Mayor Pro Tem
Councilman Alvin Payton is originally from Valdosta. He graduated from Valdosta High School and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1995, he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration; and in 2016, he received a Doctorate in Public Administration, both from Valdosta State University. Councilman Payton serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and is a member of the Sons of AMVETS, the Valdosta Touchdown Club and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. His career experience includes five years in management and administration with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, more than 13 years as the General Manager of Payton Floor Covering, and more than 10 years as an adult education instructor for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Councilman Payton currently serves as the Vice-President for Adult Education Services for the college. He is a member of Payton African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Trustee Board. Councilman Payton is married to the former Lynda Offord of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has two children.
Councilman Payton was re-elected in November 2013 and his current term will end on December 31, 2017.