Melvin Everson Executive Director / Administrator

Following Governor Deal’s election, Everson was appointed a member of the Deal Transition Team.

Everson has served his community well and his entire life has been one of giving back to the community. Everson is a chartered member and past president of the Snellville Optimist Club. He served two terms as President and Vice President of the South Gwinnett High School PTSA. He has also served two terms as Vice President, and one term as Treasurer and currently in his third term as President of the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry. Everson was appointed by Gwinnett County Commission Chairman in 2004 as a member of the Gwinnett County Human Relations Board. In 2005, Everson was appointed as a member to the Gwinnett School Board Human Relations Advisory Board by Dr. Francis Davis, Human Resource Director of Gwinnett County Public School System.

On Sept. 15th, 2011, Melvin Everson was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as the Executive Director and Administrator of Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. Prior to this, Everson was appointed by the Governor as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

Everson is the seventh of 10 children born in Abbeville, GA to the late Northern and Willa B. Everson. He received his formal education in Wilcox County graduating from Wilcox County High. He received his BS Degree in Criminology from Albany State University. Everson is married to the former Ms. Geraldine McAdoo who he lovingly refers to as Gerri. He and Gerri are the proud parents of one child, Ricardo DeAndre Everson, who is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Everson is a 23 year retiree from the US Army having served both active duty and reserve duty. He was elected to the City Council in Snellville in 2001 and his council peers elected him as Mayor Pro Tem 3 consecutive years. In 2005, Everson was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in a special election making history as the first black conservative to win a contested race to the Georgia General Assembly in 150 years. . He was re elected in 2006 and 2008 with overwhelming margins. Everson has over 20 years of cooperate experience working in the areas of human resource, loss prevention, distribution and packing.

Everson has over 20 years of cooperate experience working in the areas of human resource, loss prevention, distribution and packing.

In his tenure as a representative, Everson served on the powerful Education, Small Business Development and Job Creation, Transportation, and Judiciary Non-Civil Committees. Everson was also appointed by the Speaker to the Child Fatality Review Panel. Everson also served as an Associate Pastor at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn, Ga. In this role, Everson has helped coordinate many prayer breakfast, retreats, workshops, etc. for Salem Missionary Baptist Church. For more than three years, Everson coordinated and facilitated worship service at Antonio Graves Apartments formerly known as Grady Homes for Salem. In October 2014, God lead him to his new ministry field with Cross Pointe Church in Duluth under the leadership of Dr. James Merritt.

Everson is the recipient of many community and political awards including the 2011 Public Service Award from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, the 2011 Frederick Douglass Award from the Morehouse Republican Club, the 2011 History Makers Among us Award from Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Gwinnett United Ebony Society Pace Setter Award, South DeKalb Republican Pioneer Award, The Gwinnett Black Republican Council Service Award, Clayton County United Way Campaign Manager Service Award, Omega Si Phi Gwinnett Chapter 2005 Citizen of the year award, the Network of Politically Active Christians Award, 2010 Gwinnett Chamber Public Service Award, 2015  100 Black Men of North Metro Image Award, and various medals and ribbons from the US Military. Everson is also a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Chapter of Nu Mu Lambda in Decatur where he has served as chaplain.