Commissioner J. Alexander Atwood has had a long and distinguished career in the law, business, military and government service.
On March 1, 2019, Commissioner Atwood was appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp to lead the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, overseeing the numerous state operations and functions of the Department, which include State Purchasing, Human Resources Administration, Fleet Management, Surplus Property and Risk Management.
Prior to assuming his role with the Department of Administrative Services, Commissioner Atwood served in the judiciary, and was elected for three terms to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served in numerous leadership and committee roles. He spent his early professional career as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in federal law enforcement, serving throughout the United States and overseas.
In addition to a distinguished judicial and legislative career, Commissioner Atwood served for 34 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in Ground, Aviation and Intelligence billets, retiring at the rank of full Colonel.
Following his retirement from federal service, Commissioner Atwood was one of the founding partners of the business litigation law firm Atwood Choate, PC., and also worked as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for a 700-member security corporation providing security services to numerous government agencies across the United States as well as the National Football League.
Commissioner Atwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Arts in International Relations, a Juris Doctorate in Law (Cum Laude), and is currently pursuing an LLM at Georgia State University concentrating on the U.S. Constitution and the history of law. He is a past member of the legal honor fraternity Sigma Delta Kappa and was elected a Fellow of the Lawyer’s Foundation of Georgia. Only 4% of Georgia attorneys have been elected as Fellows.
Commissioner Atwood is the proud father of three children and three grandchildren. He has been married for 32 happy years to Cynthia Atwood. The Atwood’s reside in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia.
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