Today's Commission is made up of five citizens who reside within the city limits of Jefferson. The expertise they bring to the Commission are varied but each has a unique set of skills and interest in dealing with historic preservation.

Al Westmoreland, Chair

Traci Bledsoe, Vice Chair

Len Sturkie, Secretary

Beth Jarrett

Hilda Johnson Smith 


Al Westmoreland

  • Lifetime Jefferson resident.
  • Jefferson High School Graduate, Class of 1966.
  • University of Georgia, 1970, BS Education.
  • University of Georgia, 1972, Master's Education.
  • Taught and coached for five years in the Hart County School System.
  • Twenty-five years in Human Resources.
  • Retired in 2011 from Harrison Poultry as Corporate Director of Human Resources.
  • Married 31 years to Anita.  They have two children, Jeff and Jenni, both Jefferson High School graduates.  Grandfather of five.
  • Hobbies include attending JHS and UGA athletic events.

Traci Loar Bledsoe

Traci Loar Bledsoe moved to Jefferson in 2001 from her native Savannah, where a deep love and respect for our great state's rich history was fostered from childhood. As a real estate attorney in the historic district, she had the opportunity to experience every aspect of the preservation and restoration of historic properties. In the past twelve years, she has fallen in love with the charm and character of Jefferson and is delighted to learn more about its past. She is even more excited to be able to help preserve it for the future as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission in the town she now considers home.

Traci is the mother of three daughters, two of whom are students at Jefferson High School. Her eldest is a new graduate of her alma mater, the University of Georgia. Traci is a "Double Dawg," obtaining her bachelor's degree in journalism from UGA in 1990 and her law degree from the UGA School of Law in 1996. She has practiced law in Georgia since that time. Traci is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson where she serves as Church Clerk and Chair of the Fellowship Committee.

Len Sturkie

  • Served in US Air Force/Air National Guard.
  • Attended Greenville Technical College.
  • Retired / Daimler AG
  • Owner of Von Kaylen Antiques.
  • Aviation /Auto enthusiast - History - Art and Antiques
  • 4 year member and Secretary of the Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission.
  • [Attended all required State and Regional Historic Preservation Training Sessions]
  • Three year member of the Jackson County Historic Courthouse Restoration Committee.
  • Thirty year member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Member of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Member of the American Truck Historical Society.
  • Member of the South Carolina Historical Aircraft Foundation.
  • Member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.
  • Member of the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council.
  • 25 year owner/resident of the Bell-Maddox House [Downtown Historic District], the original home of Judge Horatio W. Bell, Jackson County Ordinary Judge and overseer of the construction of the 1879 Historic Courthouse.

Beth Jarrett

  • Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Graduated in 1983 from UGA with a BFA in Graphic Design.
  • Moved to Jefferson in 2007.
  • Her father is an architect. She learned to appreciate historic buildings from him and worked for him for 10 years as his Business Manager.
  • She loves interior design.  Her and her father designed the renovation for her home in Jefferson.
  • One of her favorite buildings is the Pantheon in Rome, the inspiration for Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence which kicked off the Renaissance in Italy. She has a print of it on the wall right next to her desk.
  • She co-authored a book on healthy indoor environments entitled, Detox the Air in Your Home.  They are now in the process of transforming the book into a Continuing Education class for Real Estate agents.
  • She works part-time as a freelance copy writer and graphic designer. In her spare time (when she has it), she paints portraits, her joy!

Hilda Johnson Smith

Hilda Johnson Smith is a native of Jefferson, having grown up here as well as graduating from Jefferson High School. Hilda graduated the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia with a Master's in Education. She worked for several years at the Georgia Egg Commission, Johnson's Wax and Reynolds Aluminum before moving to Jacksonville, Florida, where she raised four children, worked in a family business and taught several years in secondary education. Hilda is employed by Great Promise Partnership and is proud to once again call Jefferson her home.


Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission
28 College StreetJefferson, GA 30549
Phone: 706.367.5714