Krista Bedingfield began her career with the City of Centerville in 2000 as an Administrative Assistant and was appointed City Clerk in January 2003. She has since received her Municipal Clerk’s Certification from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government in 2005. Along with her duties as City Clerk Ms. Bedingfield also serves as the City’s Election Superintendent. She received her Elections Superintendent Certification from Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office in 2010.
Her professional memberships include the Georgia Municipal Clerk and Finance Officers Association, International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association, Georgia Finance Officer Association, and the Georgia Election Officials Association.
Ms. Bedingfield says, “Not many people can honestly say they LOVE their job. It is a great honor and privilege to work for the City of Centerville. It is a wonderful community to live in and raise your family.” [email protected]
Rebecca Tydings has served as the City Attorney since April 2003. As in-house counsel for the City, Mrs. Tydings handles all legal matters from advising Council and staff to drafting local legislation and also working closely with the Centerville Municipal Court. Prior to her appointment as city attorney, Mrs. Tydings served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Superior Court of Houston County and also worked for two years with Macon law firm, Adams, Jordan, & Treadwell. In her previous career as a critical care registered nurse, Mrs. Tydings worked at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Houston Medical Center, and Middle Georgia hospital.
Mrs. Tydings received her JD from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. She also holds an advanced certificate in Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting. Mrs. Tydings has two nursing degrees including an Associate of Science degree from Macon State College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus.
An active member in local, state, and national municipal government organizations, City Attorney Tydings served as President of the City Attorney’s Section for the Georgia Municipal Association from June 2012-2013 and was elected to serve on the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefits System and Risk Management Boards of Trustees beginning July 1, 2013. Mrs. Tydings currently serves as the Vice President of the Local Government Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association.and also serves on the Georgia Municipal Association’s Federal Policy Council. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Houston County Bar Association as that organization’s Treasurer for six years.
Mrs. Tydings finds her work on behalf of the City of Centerville very rewarding and states, “Making a positive difference by applying my skills in Public Service is both challenging and fulfilling. I enjoy my job and consider myself fortunate to serve the citizens of Centerville. [email protected]
Mike Brumfield is a long-time resident of Houston County. He says, “I like many others around here grew up as an Air Force brat.” He attended Centerville Elementary School and is a proud graduate of Northside High School Class of 1982. He began his employment with the City of Centerville immediately after graduating high school in May 1982. His very first position was Meter Reader. He attended Clayton Junior College in Morrow, Georgia in 1984 and obtained certification in Water Treatment and as a Class 3 Water Treatment Plant Operator.
In September 2000 he was promoted to Assistant Utilities Superintendent and in September 2002 was promoted to Utilities Superintendent. He serves as the Director of Operations and is curenlty over the Utilities Department, Stormwater Management Program and the Streets Department. Mr. Brumfield believes, “After 36 years I can honestly say Centerville is a great place to work and an even better place to live.” [email protected]
Kate Hogan graduated from Georgia College in Milledgeville and began her career in Economic Development at the Development Authority of Houston County. This allowed for Kate to aid in industrial projects and other Economic Development goals at the county level before she moved to the City of Centerville.
At the City of Centerville, Kate works as the Director of Economic Development and Marketing. This includes business retention and recruitment on the commercial level with the Houston Galleria and other retail spaces around the City in partnership with NextSite. Kate is also currently working on developing Center Park and Town Center to provide the small town feel residents are craving. She additionally works with many other Economic and Community Development goals set forth by the Mayor and Council.
Kate was a graduate of the 2017 Georgia Academy of Economic Development and participated in Leadership Robins Region where she was awarded most Outstanding Leader by her peers. Kate is working towards her International Economic Development Certification and her Masters of Public Administration at Georgia State in Atlanta, Georgia. For Kate, bettering her community started with community service at the collegiate level and led to a fulfilling career in Economic Development. [email protected]
Carol Harrison began with the City of Centerville December 3, 2012 as the City’s Accountant and brings to the City 11 years of experience in public accounting with a practice concentration in auditing governmental entities. Prior to her career in public accounting she taught Principles of Accounting I and II at a community college and prior to that worked with the Housing Rehab Program in the Community Development Department of a local government.
Carol received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia College, a Master of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University and holds a CPA license with the state of Georgia.
Carol is a member of the GSCPA, AICPA and GGFOA. [email protected]
Sara Caldwell is a lifelong resident of Middle Georgia. She is a graduate of Northside High School and began working for the Centerville Police Department as a records clerk in June 2000. In 2001 she assumed the role of Assistant Clerk of Court and in 2003 she was promoted to the position of Chief Court Clerk. She is highly trained in the operations of the Court and maintains annual certifications with the Georgia Municipal Court Clerk’s Council as well as the State of Georgia as a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) operator and as a Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC). Ms. Caldwell says, “The City of Centerville has given me the opportunity to build my career from the ground up and for that I am grateful. I enjoy what I do and I am fortunate to work with a great group of people whom I admire and respect.” [email protected]
Chief Jason Jones is a long-time resident of Central Georgia, and has lived in and around Centerville for most of his life. Chief Jones is a graduate of Warner Robins High School, and attended College at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, studying Forestry Management. He currently is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.
Chief Jones began his fire service career in 1998 with the Centerville Fire Department. In his 20 year career with the City of Centerville, Chief Jones has held the ranks of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief, as well as serving as Interim Fire Chief during the absence of a Full Time Chief from 2006-2007. On September 15, 2009, he was appointed as Centerville’s Fire Chief and since then he continues to oversee the daily operations of the Fire Department.
Some of his professional accomplishments include Certified Fire/Arson Investigator, Inspector, Instructor, Technical Rescue Specialist, Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Technician, High Angle Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Structural Collapse Technician, Juvenile Fire-setter Intervention Specialist, Structure Fire Control Instructor, First Responder/EMT Certified, Child Safety Seat Technician, and Firefighter of the year in 2004.
Chief Jones is a member of the Georgia State Firefighters Association, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia Fire Investigators Association, Georgia Fire Inspector’s Association, Central Georgia Fire Chief’s Association, and International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was President of the Southwest Georgia Fire Investigators Association in 2015, and he currently serves as Treasurer for the Central Georgia Fire Investigators Association. Chief Jones is also the Coalition Coordinator for SAFE KIDS Houston County.
“Centerville is a great place to work, and the relationships I have built over the years and through my career at Centerville is one the main reason I enjoy my job the most.”
Chief Chuck Hadden grew up in Gray, Georgia and graduated from Jones County High School in 1996. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served until 2000. He also served with the Georgia Army National Guard in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006. Chief Hadden began his law enforcement career with the Centerville Police Department in 2007 and has served in many capacities to include Patrol Officer, Investigator, SWAT Operator, Evidence Custodian, Internal Affair Investigator, General Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. Chief Hadden rose through the ranks and has served as Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Captain, and Interim Chief of Police. On February 22, 2017, he was appointed as Centerville’s Chief of Police and oversees the daily operation of the Police Department.
Chief Hadden is finishing his senior year with Columbia Southern University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He plans to attend Columbus State University this year to begin their Masters of Public Administration- Justice Administration degree program.
Chief Hadden is a member of the National Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Hadden says, “The City of Centerville is a great place to work and live, and the Centerville Police Department is dedicated to the service and protection of our city, our citizens, and our visitors.” [email protected]