J.J. Biello- Chairman
Chairman Biello was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes in 2002 and reappointed by Governor Perdue in 2006 and again in 2010. Commissioner Biello served as Chairman of the Commission between 2003 and 2009 and again in 2010. Commissioner Biello was Cherokee County Commissioner for four terms and Chairman of the Cherokee County Recreation authority from 1990-2010. Commissioner Biello is currently the board of directors of Diaz International Foods and has served for the last 10 years. Commissioner Biello was a well-rounded athlete playing football, baseball, and boxed. Commissioner Biello was both a narcotics and robbery police detective for the city of Atlanta. Commissioner Biello was Police officer of the year in 1985. ON April 15, 1987 Commissioner Biello was gunned down serving his community during an armed robbery and was paralyzed from the multiple gunshot wounds. Commissioner Biello has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1972 and has two sons Ross and Alex who are very active in combative sports. Chairman Biello has four grandchildren.
Moses Ector- Vice Chairman
Moses Ector was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2013. This is Moses Ector’s 3rd appointment to the board. He was first appointed by Governor Roy Barnes and later by Governor Sonny Perdue. It was during those appointments that he served as Chairman. Commissioner Moses Ector serves as Chief of Police for the City of Hogansville, Georgia where he grew up. He has a long history of Law Enforcement Service; he retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations as the Deputy Assistant Director, retired from DeKalb County where he served as the first local Homeland Security Director in the nation. Commissioner Ector is an adjunct Professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, where he teaches Criminal Justice classes. Before his career in the field of criminal justice, Commissioner Ector served as a non-commission officer in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam. He has been married to his wife Claretha since 1984 and they have two children Merlin and Chekesha and both are employed in State of Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies.
Ben Kiker - Commissioner
Commissioner Kiker is a lifelong student of the martial arts, holding a 7th degree Black Belt in United Karate. Commissioner Kiker began training karate with instructors Jae Man Lee and Jung Kil Moon in 1967. After fighting on the professional karate circuit for several years, Commissioner Kiker opened a Dojo and began to train both professional and amateur fighters. To his credit, Mr. Kiker has trained an ISKA World middleweight kickboxing champion, a IBF Women’s World Lightweight Boxing Champion, a MMA North American Light Heavyweight Champion, and 38 national Karate Champions. Mr. Kiker also served as assistant football coach at Haralson County High School from 1970-1972. Commissioner Kiker teaches Sunday School at First Baptist Church of Ellijay and is married to his wife Vicki.
Commissioner Rick Thompson was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2009 and again by Governor Nathan Deal in 2011. Commissioner Thompson has more than two decades of experience in overseeing ethics and governmental compliance as it relates to campaign finance, person financial disclosure by candidates, and lobbying. Commissioner Thompson served as Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission between 2004-2009. Currently Commissioner Thompson is principal of an ethics and compliance firm specializing in campaign finance and political campaign consulting. Commissioner Thompson has been an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a former member of the National White Collar Crime Center. Commissioner Thompson holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Commissioner Towns was appointed by Governor Perdue in 2010. Hunter Towns served as deputy director of legislative affairs for Governor Sonny Perdue and has wide-ranging experience as the governor’s liaison to members of the General Assembly and as Governor Perdue’s advisor on legislative, policy, and political issues. He also served as government relations’ manager at the Atlanta law office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice. Commissioner Towns is an avid fan of mixed martial arts, boxing, and wrestling.