Jesse Allen McCarty was elected in 2010 to District 5 of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. Historically, Post 5 has been established as an "At-Large" post; however, since Fayette County itself is an at-large county, all of Fayette County's Commissioners represent the entire county irrespective of districts and are voted upon by all Fayette's citizens. His current term of office will expire December 31, 2014.
Although Allen and his wife, Lana, are native to the Atlanta area, they have worked and lived in virtually every corner of the United States. Allen has earned his degree in Electronic Communications from DeKalb College, and he has earned certifications from Dunn & Bradstreet in Supervision and Business Management. He has also received numerous certifications from RCA and from the Harris Corporation.
His career began prior to his college years when he worked with Little River Farms supervising the construction and operational establishments of the first five Milk Jug stores in Georgia. During college, he and Lana operated one of the Milk Jug stores. After graduating, he started his own business in moving and constructing houses during the Atlanta Airport expansion, and his company was hired to supervise an Army Corps of Engineers moving project at Warner Robbins Air Force Base. Later, he entered into a partnership for the purpose of creating a 30-acre subdivision located near Stone Mountain. His business endeavors enabled him to assist with the construction of a television station, WHAE TV 46, which today is WGCL CBS 46, and for rebuilding Channel TV 36.
This association with television stations morphed into a new career opportunity, and, doing business as J.A. McCarty and Associates, he began working with television stations and broadcasters such as CBN, Home Shopping Network, Roberts Broadcasting, USA Broadcasting, and numerous other independent broadcasters from Miami to Salt Lake City. He also worked as the Southern Regional Director of Engineering for PAX TV, which is now known as ION TV. His responsibilities both at the stations and with his businesses included construction, staffing, creating and maintaining working budgets, training employees for management and operations, and working with governments from the federal to the local levels primarily for permits and inspections. He also taught as an instructor at Heritage Academy in the field of Broadcasting. He has belonged to the National Association of Broadcasters and the National Religious Broadcasters, and has been awarded a General License by the Federal Communications Commission.
Allen retired from construction and broadcasting after 40 years of work. Today, aside from being a Commissioner, he continues to consult for many television stations across the Unites States. Still, after seeing much of the country, he returned to Fayette County fifteen years ago, deciding it was the most desirable location and since his daughter, granddaughter, and friends live in the Fayette community. Allen and Lana attend Grace Point Church, a nondenominational congregation located in Peachtree City, and he is the current president of the Missouri-based Associated Fellowship of Chaplains International. His hobbies include motorcycling, scuba diving, fossil hunting, camping, occasional flying, and operating HAM radios.