Tifton’s Georgia State Patrol Post 13 has a new post commander.
SFC Brian Gay took on this position July 1 after former Post Commander Stan Stalnaker was promoted to lieutenant June 16 with Troop G, which covers five different posts — Albany, Thomasville, Colquitt, Cuthbert and Americus. He was post commander for the local GSP post for two years.
Stalnaker advised Gay is very capable of taking on the post commander position for Post 13 and will do an excellent job.
Showing interest in the opening position, Gay said he applied and then went before a board in Atlanta for an interview and was selected.
“I’m very excited,” he said about taking on the role as post commander for Post 13, which serves Tift, Cook and Berrien counties. He’s also excited to be serving good people and good communities.
“I feel very blessed to be chosen,” Gay said.
His outlook for the local department is to continue to make roads safer and to educate young drivers and future drivers on the importance of seat belt compliance. His leadership plan also involves educating drivers to not drive impaired, as well as educating them on the severity of the punishment and consequences when choosing to drink and drive.
Before becoming post commander, Gay was sergeant at Valdosta’s GSP post. He worked there for 10 years.
On Aug. 16, he will have been with the GSP department for a total of 20 years. At age 24, he graduated from the 68th Trooper School in 1994. He then went on to work at the GSP post in Valdosta. He made rank as corporal at Tifton’s GSP Post 13, which was his first promotion. He worked here from December 2001 to May 2003. After returning to the post in Valdosta, he earned the rank of sergeant in 2005.
Gay is also the pastor of Greggs Baptist Church in Cook County. He has been the pastor for two and a half years. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, who is a teacher with Valdosta City Schools, for 14 1/2 years. They have two children: 12-year-old daughter Mackenzie, and three-year-old son Griffin. They reside in Lowndes County.
“I’m proud to be here and look forward to getting to know people in the communities that we serve,” Gay said. “We will continue to provide professional service to the areas we patrol.”