About David Barlow
Commissioner Barlow was born and raised in Helena, Arkansas. At fifteen years of age, he was sent to the Walt Whitaker Ranch located 10 miles out from Douglas, Wyoming which was approximately 50 miles out from Casper, Wyoming. He lived in town during the school year and attended Natrona County High School, NCHS, in Casper.
The summer months of his youth were spent on the ranch, working the cattle and in the fields.
The responsibility that came from ranch life propelled Commissioner Barlow to a successful Army career upon volunteering for the draft in August 1966.
Commissioner Barlow served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He attributes his military service as where he developed his "can-do" attitude.
Prior to moving to the Town of Tyrone in Fayette County, Commissioner Barlow owned and operated a Mississippi business he created to provide the legal community with quality video and digital trial media. He later moved to Tyrone to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.
Commissioner Barlow is a veteran political campaigner and has assisted numerous candidates in winning elected office in Fayette County.
On June 23, 2011, Commissioner Barlow decided to run for office when resident Nancy Truluck made an impassioned plea to the Board of Commissioners from her wheelchair without getting a response.
He campaigned on honesty and transparency. His campaign slogan was, "Faith, Family and Fayette County".
A devout Christian, Commissioner Barlow enjoys reaching out to the faith community in Fayette County, seeking their participation in local events.
Since being sworn into office in January 2013, Commissioner David Barlow has achieved Certified Commissioner status and continues with advanced training through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). His passion to work with those in the community has led him to be appointed Chairman of the Fayette County Board of Health where he represents Fayette County as one of the Board of Directors of the McIntosh Trail Community Service Board; a public entity created by the Georgia legislature in 1993 to provide mental health, developmental disability and addictive disease services.