Michael Timothy Ayers has taken over as the new special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson.
Agent Ayers replaces Gary Nicholson who recently retired from the GBI after a most distinguished law enforcement career.
The 46-year-old Agent Ayers, who lives in Royston was born and raised in Hart County and has been with the GBI for the past 20 years. He has extensive knowledge of narcotics and field investigative work.
"I've already met several people and I'm looking forward to getting around and meeting a lot more local people," Agent Ayers said during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "Everybody seems to be real nice and friendly and that reminds me of the way people are where I live."
Agent Ayers said he enjoys working in smaller towns and developing close relationships with people living in those towns.
A graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Agent Ayers began his career with the GBI as an undercover narcotics agent. He received extensive training involving illicit drugs.
For three years, he was assigned to the Perry field office. He later was transferred to Albany, where he became a crime scene specialist for about four years.
Agent Ayers later was transferred to the Gainesville field office where he worked as assistant agent in-charge. There, he also supervised the Piedmont Multi-Agent Narcotics Squad for about three years. He later was transferred to the Athens Region 11 office where he served as assistant agent in-charge for six years.
From there, Agent Ayers was promoted. He became the special agent in-charge of the Cleveland field office for about three years before assuming his current position in Thomson.
Agent Ayers supervises an office of 10 agents at the Thomson field office, seven of whom work criminal field investigations along with three agents who are assigned to narcotics cases. The Thomson office serves 24 counties in drug operations and 10 area counties within the Central Savannah River Area.
Nearly 50 percent of the criminal cases handled by special agents with the local GBI office actually occurred in McDuffie County.
Agent Ayers has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 22 years. She is a speech therapist at Wills Memorial Hospital in neighboring Washington, Ga. She also works at a nursing home there. The couple has a son, Evan, 13, a student and football player at Hart County Middle School. The family are members of First Baptist Church in Hartwell.