COVINGTON — With the swearing in of Ester Fleming Jr. as a member of the Board of Corrections this week, Newton County now has six residents in Governor Brian Kemp’s administration.

Lorri Smith, who is also Kemp’s chief operating officer, was appointed and sworn in as a member of the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center Authority this week.

Fleming is a small business owner and former Newton County commissioner. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently owns and manages a real estate holdings company in Covington where he resides. He has three sons and six grandchildren. One of his sons, Tim Fleming, is chief of staff for Kemp.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia College & State University and master’s degree in accounting and financial management from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. Smith’s hometown is Covington where she currently resides with her husband, Tim, and their two children. Smith previously served as assistant deputy secretary of state in the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Other Newton County residents who are part of Kemp’s administration include Tim Fleming, Greg Dozier, appointed last year as Kemp’s chief financial officer; Newton County Clerk of Courts Linda Hays, who was appointed to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Superior Court Clerks’ Retirement System; and Tyrone Oliver, sworn in earlier this year as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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