Rusty Haygood appointed new Deputy Commissioner


Atlanta, GA (March 31, 2017) – Commissioner Camila Knowles today announced Rusty Haygood as the new Deputy Commissioner of Community Development & Finance for Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs.  The announcement follows the departure of Christopher Nunn, who was recently appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services.  The transition will take place on April 1.

“Christopher has made great strides in a number of key program areas, and I’m pleased to have someone with Rusty’s deep program knowledge and understanding of community development who will continue that leadership,” said Knowles.

Haygood is currently the Division Director for Community Development at DCA, a position he has held since April 2015.  Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Field Services for DCA’s Economic Development and Finance Division.  Previously, Haygood was the Economic Development Director for Oconee County, a position he held for 7½ years.  While there, he was part of a team that secured an agreement with Caterpillar to locate in the community.  Before working in Oconee County, Haygood served in several roles with the Middle Georgia Regional Development Center in Macon, with his final role being Director of Public Administration.

“It’s been a privilege to work at DCA and be a part of helping communities across our state thrive,” said Haygood.  “I’m honored by Commissioner Knowles’ confidence in my ability to continue to promote Georgia's communities and help them prosper economically.”

Haygood has worked on projects of all sizes, ranging from the successful recruitment of Fortune 100 companies to assisting small business start-ups.  He has prepared successful grant applications for communities that have resulted in more than $37 million in awards. In addition to economic development recruitment and financing activities, he has prepared numerous plans and studies for Georgia communities large and small, and worked with city and county officials to renegotiate their Service Delivery Strategy agreements.

Originally from Toccoa, Georgia, Haygood is a graduate of The University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  Early in his career, he completed internships with then-Congressman Nathan Deal and the City of Riverdale.

Rusty and his wife, Jennifer, an administrator at Malcolm Bridge Elementary School in Oconee County, were members of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2014.  They have one daughter, who is being groomed to be her father’s golfing partner.


MaryBrown Sandys, Director of Marketing & Communications
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
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About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit