The two will oversee all operations for the Journal, Cherokee Tribune and Neighbor Newspapers.
Otis A. Brumby III joined the Journal in 2006 as general manager and became executive vice president in 2009, handling day-to-day operations for all newspapers. Garrett joined the company in 1999 and has served in several positions, most recently as director of human resources.
In their new roles, the two will follow their father, Otis A. Brumby Jr., who died Sept. 8 after a battle with cancer. He was publisher for 45 years and established the Journal as one of the major voices in Georgia journalism and was widely heralded for establishing the weekly Neighbor Newspapers, a chain of 21 newspapers that cover nine metro Atlanta counties. Under his direction, the Cherokee Tribune went from a three-day-a-week publication to five days a week, and the company developed two popular magazines, Cobb Life and Cherokee Life, and a state-of-the-art online edition.
Otis A. Brumby Jr. followed his father as publisher, the late Otis A. Brumby Sr., who founded the Cobb County Times in 1916 and merged with the Marietta Daily Journal in 1951.
“Our father and grandfather firmly believed that a strong, independent local news source is critical for a community to thrive,” Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett said. “We are honored and humbled to be part of the third generation to serve the readers and the advertisers, and we reaffirm their commitment to the First Amendment, real journalism, robust editorial debate and transparency in government at all levels.”
Brumby is a graduate of the University of Georgia and UGA School of Law. Garrett is a graduate of Davidson College and the UGA School of Law. Both graduated from Marietta High School.
Brumby and his wife, Ashley, live in Marietta with their two daughters, Libby and Margaret. Garrett and husband Heath also live in Marietta with their three children, Mattie, Heath and Brumby.