The professional background of Ernest “Ernie” Reynolds includes a 34-year career in a government watchdog capacity, promoting government accountability as Deputy Director in the State Department of Audits. In this position, he led teams of auditors to improve the operations of statewide government programs and contracts. This was accomplished by assessing the effectiveness, efficiency, management, processes, governance, budgets, strategic plans, legislation and policies of programs and contracts throughout state government.
Ernie routinely interacted with the state’s executive leadership, including governors, legislative committees, and agency commissioners to identify and implement significant cost-saving improvements throughout state government agencies. These agencies included, for example, departments of health, public safety, education, transportation, economic development, community affairs, the university system, and state licensing boards. His efforts resulted in receiving the coveted Program Impact Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures, after auditing and recommending an overhaul and revamping of the state’s Community Mental Health Program, which had an annual operating budget of over $1 billion.
Throughout his career, Ernie has held professional licenses and certifications, including: Nursing; Emergency Medical Technician; Certified Government Financial Manager; and Certified Fraud Examiner. More recently, Ernie has served Carroll County as a Court Mediator and as a member of the Carroll County Board of Equalization.
Ernie and his wife, LaDonna, have resided in rural Carroll County for 40 years, living on a 108-acre farm near the Lowell community for the past 21 years. His children (Autumn and Aubrey) attended and completed the Carroll County School System’s elementary, middle, and high schools and went on to earn degrees from the University of West Georgia, with his son also attending Wake Forest University. As faith plays a cornerstone role in the family, they each enjoy serving others in various capacities and regularly worshipping at Midway Church in Carrollton.