Bert Brantley, a native Georgian, was appointed as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) by Governor Nathan Deal and the DDS Board of Directors in March 2016.
As Commissioner, Bert assists the nearly 1,000 DDS team members in issuing over two million secure driver's licenses and IDs each year. With 66 centers around the state and more services available online than ever, DDS is providing Georgians with numerous options for renewing their license or receiving any other service the agency provides.
Bert previously served as Deputy Executive Director for the State Road & Tollway Authority, and before that was in private practice leading communications efforts for corporate and non-profit clients and issue campaigns, including the successful 2012 statewide Charter Schools Commission vote. From December 2006 to January 2011, Bert served as Governor Sonny Perdue's chief media spokesman during his entire second term, beginning as Press Secretary and ending as Director of Communications for the Governor's Office. He began his professional career as a journalist for The Madison County Journal and sports editor of The Jackson Herald, and also held communications positions at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Department of Transportation.
Bert lives in McDonough with his wife, Tonya, and two daughters, Kendall and Carson. He is active in his church, Salem Baptist Church, and enjoys participating in various sports.
Bert grew up in several different towns around South Georgia, the son of two longtime state employees – his father retired from the Georgia State Patrol and his mother retired as a local and regional leader with the Georgia Department of Labor. He graduated from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, and went on to the University of Georgia to study journalism and political science. Bert also received a master's degree with honors in public administration from UGA.