About the Veterans Services Office Staff

Albert “A.J.” Spiess, Veterans Services Officer

Originally from Lula, Georgia, Spiess is a retired Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He began his twenty-six years of service after enlisting in Gainesville, Georgia and eventually rose to the rank of Senior Chief Master at Arms (Military Police). Spiess served on six ships (USS Butte, USS Simpson, USS Briscoe, USS Truman, USS Harpers Ferry, and USS Wasp). Before reaching the rank of Senior Chief Master at Arms, Spiess also served as Deck Seaman and Signalman.

Spiess also has extensive experience serving as Anti-Terrorism Officer/Physical Security Officer conducing anti-terrorism training, Department Leading Chief Petty Officer/Lead Investigator where he investigated larcenies, assaults, suicides, and other security violations, and Senior Master Training Instructor at the Navy Police Academy overseeing major curriculum changes and teaching students at all levels of experience.

In addition to his professional experience, Spiess previously volunteered with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), serving as Chapter Veteran Services Officer where he aided veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other government agencies.

Spiess also holds an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He and his wife Corie have one child, Brooke who works professionally as a nurse. Spiess began his tenure with Granville County as Veteran Services Technician in July 2022 and most recently served as Interim Veteran Services Officer.

“After a rewarding year working with Granville Veterans, I am humbled and honored to be chosen as Granville County’s new Veteran Services Officer,” said Spiess “I feel so privileged to serve our Veterans and their families. This work along with my previous volunteer experience with the DAV is truly my calling. I look forward to continuing to work with Granville’s Veterans and help guide them to access all the services and programs they deserve.”

“The Veterans Affairs Committee is really pleased that A.J. has been chosen to lead the Veterans Services Office,” said Committee Chair Charles Miller. “As Veteran Services Technician, he demonstrated his commitment to serving the needs of the veterans in our community. We are confident he is the right person to guide this department into the future.”

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