Charlton L. Bivins is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He completed post-secondary academic work at Tulane University in New Orleans with additional studies from Georgia State University and Clayton State University in organizational leadership.
He is a 27 year career law enforcement administrator who recently retired with rank of Captain from the DeKalb Co. Sheriff’s Office.
He has lived in Clayton County for thirty plus years and has five children and fourteen grandchildren. Four adult children graduated from the Clayton County School District and five grandchildren are currently enrolled in Clayton Co. Public schools.
His first significant political/community involvement was in 2007 as Co-founder/Chairman of a citizen's watchdog group known as C-4 Inc.;(Concerned Citizens of Clayton County Incorporation).
As Chairman, he orchestrated community meetings and education sessions for citizens in Clayton Co. during the school district's lost of accreditation. Mark Elgart, Director of SACS-CASI referred to the group's efforts as being, "the barometer of the community".
After the removal of the existing board members, Mr. Bivins was overwhelmingly elected to serve on the Clayton County Board of Education from 2008-2015. He was credited with being a part of the leadership team that guided the district back into accreditation. In 2011, he was chosen by his peers to hold the leadership role of Vice Chairman.
While on the Board, he garnered a reputation for having a strong stance for school board collaboration in local government. He understood what a "representative government" was and always made that outreach to his constituents so that he could properly educate, sponsor and represent their ideas and desires.
In 2014, he was selected by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the State Education Advisory Board. He was able to contribute ideas and advocate for various state education related reform, state education funding and teacher compensation plans. He also traveled the state counseling other struggling school districts on governance and accreditation concerns. The 2015 budget increases and raises were a result of dialogue and action of this advisory board.
During his tenure as a Board member, he envisioned, promoted and instituted community/parental involvement initiatives such as “500 Men Standing in the Gap (500)”(Male/Fatherhood Initiative). Under the leadership of "500" more than 80% of the Clayton County schools had productive male/fatherhood volunteer groups.
As a law enforcer, he advocated and promoted "Clayton Action Nexus" (School/Student Safety Program) which involved all local law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Bivins resigned from the Clayton Co. Board of Education in January, 2015. . His resignation was a result of long law enforcement career retirement, and the purchase of his retirement home . His new home is located in the lovely Jonesboro District which was out of his Ellenwood, Rex and Morrow district.
Presently, Mr. Bivins is now one of the most recognized citizens in his community for his “civic” duties in the community. He is a 2009 graduate of Grassroots Leadership Institute and a 2014 graduate of the Clayton Co. Chamber of Commerce’s-Leadership Clayton. He advocates, volunteers and serves on numerous boards and organizations associated with the care of families and children. He holds leadership positions on the following:
His advocacy and community involvement has been recognized by the Clayton County Council of PTA’s, the school district, his fraternity-Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., various community organizations and the President of the United States; Barack Obama.
Mr. Bivins was the recipient of President Barack Obama's - President's Volunteer Service Award in 2014. This award was a result of the President Obama's -"My Brother's Keeper Initiative".
Most recently he was awarded the District 4; Ga. Recreation and Parks Association,(GRPA) "Programmers Network Volunteer of the Year Award". His dedication to his community, children and recreation department was noted and he surpassed 27 other county and municipal volunteer nominees.
Since retirement, Mr. Bivins has become an entrepreneur. He advocates and educates citizens on the collateral damages of criminal records. He has launched a very unique consulting business and non-profit. ASK Charter Consulting LLC whereby as an advocate, he assist citizens statewide with the processes involved in criminal record restrictions, record seals and pardons. The children of these parents are also affected by the damages of their parent's criminal records.
Politically, Mr. Bivins is an active member of the Democratic Party and is anxious to get back in the business of public service. Because of retirement, he is willing and committed to "full time service" to his community.
His philosophy is, “The heartbeat of a community, state or nation rest in the education of its children and its community. The progress of society starts with the A-B-C’s; A-Academics, B-Back to family values, and C-Community involvement”. Now retired, he plans on dedicating his life to the A, B, and C’s.
Public Education Advocate
Social /Criminal Justice Reformist