Bruce B. Holmes

Bruce B. Holmes

Bruce Holmes has had a life long commitment to helping others and giving back to his community. His election to the Henry County Board of Commissioners is a continuation of this service to others.

Although Bruce has deep family roots in Jones County Georgia, he was born on a military base in Elpaso, TX while his father was serving in the United States Air Force. After being raised in Detroit, Michigan he moved on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1987 and went on to earn his Masters in Business Management from the University of Minnesota St. Mary’s.

Shortly after his election, Commissioner Holmes established the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation (CBHYF) with a mentoring component called “Project Exposure” which helps to guide youth in a positive direction through exposing them to environments meant to open their minds to potentially new possibilities and horizons. The athletic component of the foundation works in conjunction with the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department and has attracted nearly 500 youth in baseball and basketball year after year.

As District 5 Commissioner, Bruce has had an even greater opportunity to serve and support his community in areas of public safety, quality of life, transportation infrastructure and business development.

After just two years of a four year term, Commissioner Holmes was honored by two prominent minority business organizations for his work in the community. He is the first and only person from Henry County to achieve these honors.

Commissioner Holmes was most recently honored by the Henry County Chapter of the NAACP at its 2013 Freedom Fund Banquet, where he was presented with the President’s Award. The President’s Award is given to an individual or group to recognize special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. Commissioner Holmes was selected to receive the award because of his work as County Commissioner to help create jobs and promote economic development in the County and for his service to the community, particularly for his work on behalf of young people through the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation.

Commissioner Holmes is honored to be recognized for his efforts to improve economic development and make Henry County a better place to live, work, and play. He points to several projects and initiatives that he believes contributed to his receiving these honors:

  • The Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation has received a lot of attention because of the dedicated volunteers that give their time and energy to help work with and develop our youth.
  • Investments in District 5 and Fairview are developing it into a health & wellness community, providing connectivity through multi-use walking trails, bike trails and beautification, including the development of the Kelleytown bike trails and the Panola State Park walking trails.
  • The opening of the New Fairview Police Precinct in the Fairview Business District is making residents feel safer and better supports businesses in the area.
  • A new medical development is getting underway in which more than $180,000,000 will be invested into the economy of Georgia, creating over 1,300 direct and indirect jobs through the development of a medical, retail, and restaurant campus.”I am really excited about what we have accomplished in just two years, but I understand that there is still a lot of work that has to be done. I look forward to the hard work ahead and I am proud to continue to serve and impact lives in a positive way,” said Commissioner Holmes.

Commissioner Bruce Holmes has three adult children and two granddaughters. He is currently the Director of National Accounts for a molecular diagnostic biotech company. He is a member of the Prince Hall’s St. James Lodge #4, Nabbar Temple #128 in Atlanta, GA., the Atlanta Consistory #24A, the Stockbridge-Jonesboro (GA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and the Henry County NAACP. He is also a member of Higher Living Church located in Hampton, GA.

Bruce Holmes