About Sonna Singleton Gregory
Commissioner Sonna Singleton Gregory was first elected to serve the citizens of District 1 in August 2006. After being sworn into office in January 2007, Commissioner Singleton Gregory immediately went to work to educate herself more on the roles and responsibilities of a commissioner. She completed the necessary classes sponsored by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and within 10 months of taking office, completed the Carl Vinson Institute Training to become a Certified County Commissioner. She is a member of the National Association of Counties Arts and Culture Committee and has served as Vice Chair. In her role on the Arts & Culture Commission, she has worked to bring awards and national recognition to Clayton County’s own Arts Clayton and other Clayton County arts programs. She is also a member of the Healthy Communities Committee and the Women of NACo.
Clayton County Has been home to District 1 Commissioner Sonna Singleton Gregory since 1992. Even then she became involved in her community and noticed that many young families with young children were rapidly moving into the county. She saw that many working parents were facing the challenge of balancing work and family life. Being a single parent herself, she knew first- hand how important it was for hard working parents to know that their children were in a safe place while they worked. Many parents worked outside of the county with long commutes and needed a safe place for their children. For this reason, she got involved and worked hard as a member of the "Roads and Recreation Committee" (also known as the 2003 SPLOST). She worked hard to educate and inform citizens of the need to vote yes for the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) in order to bring badly needed recreation facilities and road improvements to Clayton County.
Now serving in her third term as District 1 commissioner, Commissioner Singleton Gregory, she sees the results of her early work on the SPLOST committee in the county but especially in the East Clayton Community. Because of the SPLOST , residents now enjoy the various activities at the Rhodenizer Recreation Center. Parents enjoy having after school and summer camps close by at the Rhodenizer Recreation Center. Residents enjoy the indoor and outdoor walking trails in Rex Park. Residents enjoy the safety provided by the new police precinct on Anvil Block Road, the convenience of an animal adoption center and families are looking forward to the upcoming Northeast Senior Center to be built at Bouldercrest and Anvil Block Roads. The community enjoys better commutes to work and access with the widening of Anvil Block and Panola Roads. Residents continue to benefit from SPLOST with projects such as the Panola Road Beautification project, new capital projects, continued county roads and infrastructure improvements.
Commissioner Singleton Gregory has worked hard to lower the unemployment rate in Clayton County and has built strong relationships in the business community. Her efforts have resulted in bringing thousands of jobs to the community with; Quik Trip Kitchens, Castellini Foods and a soon to be completed e-commerce center. Commissioner Gregory is proud to have spearheaded all three of these businesses to locate and provide jobs for Clayton County citizens. She believes that “when we put citizens to work they can buy homes in our community, buy cars, join the PTA, get involved in our schools and become positively involved in our county.
In another effort to create more local work opportunities, Commissioner Singleton Gregory is proud of her involvement in the development of the Clayton County Public Schools Firefighter Academy. In this program, a collaboration between the Board of Commissioners and the Clayton County Public Schools, students are able to complete training to be firefighter in high school. Upon graduation and age 18, the students will be eligible for hire by the Clayton County Fire Department where current yearly salaries range from low to mid $40 a year.
Commissioner Singleton Gregory led the board of commissioners to create the Clayton County Youth Commission-an effort to get young people involved in policy. “We don’t want to wait until people turn 30 to try to get them to understand why local government is important. We need to teach our young people the importance of policy making and how it affects their everyday life”. From the success of the Youth Commission, she saw the need to develop an office of Youth Services. The department has developed a great collaboration with the school system and area youth non-profit organizations.
Commissioner Singleton Gregory also created the following events to connect with the community;
- A Conversation With My Brother (an annual program to address the needs of young boys and men in our county. The first program featured former mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young)
- Annual College Fair-September at the International Park (This event started out as the HBCU College Fair and changed into the Annual College Fair)
- Annual Halloween Festival at the Rhodenizer Recreation Center
- Health Awareness Fair
- Teen Voter Education Forum
- Middle School Black History Quiz Bowl
- Citizens Clean-up Day
- Empowering Young Women to Success
Commissioner Singleton Gregory is originally from Snow Hill, North Carolina. She is proud of her rural roots of growing up on a farm feeding the pigs and working in the fields. She says that hard work and values instilled in her by her late parents prepared her for the position of commissioner. She fondly remembers having to pick corn after school and working in tobacco during the summers. Commissioner Gregory is extremely proud of her 9 sisters and 4 brothers (1 deceased) who she says set examples that she strives to reach daily. Commissioner Singleton Gregory is married to Sergeant Willie Davis Gregory Jr., a 22 year Clayton County Police Officer. Sergeant Gregory is a TFO (Technical Flight Officer) in the Aviation Unit. He is a licensed helicopter and airplane pilot who enjoys flying his own airplane on the weekends. They live in Ellenwood. Commissioner Singleton Gregory has a 26 year old daughter Jordyn, a proud graduate of Clayton County Public Schools. Jordyn is an accomplished musician (cellist) who attended Howard and Clayton State University. Jordyn is studying to be an orchestra teacher.
Despite all of her listed accolades, Commissioner Singleton Gregory is most proud to wear the title of Cancer Survival. In 2016, She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Since then she has become an advocate for the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance often participating in fundraising and awareness events. Notably she has spoken to Emory University Medical students in an effort to help them understand the disease and its early symptoms as so many women are only diagnosed when treatment is too late. She has created a cancer support group to help others on the southside to provide networking and support for others who have experienced the horrible disease, The support will include rides for chemo treatment, gift cards for gas or dinner for those who have no one to cook, etc. or just provide a listening ear.
Commissioner Singleton Gregory believes in helping people and she works hard daily to make the East Clayton area a better place for families to live, work and raise their children. Commissioner Singleton Gregory is a graduate of Tennessee State University. She is a member of Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Morrow where she serves as a church usher. She is a member of the East Point College Park Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, In spite of her busy schedule, she has and continues to work in various community organizations.