Monroe County Commissioner James Ham died in a one-car wreck Friday, according to county coroner Joey Proctor.

He said the wreck happened just before 1 p.m. on Highway 41 near Woodward Road.

Proctor said Ham apparently lost control, drove off the road and overcorrected. His pickup truck flipped several times.

Ham, age 55, was pronounced dead on the scene from head injuries, according to Proctor.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners released the following statement:

Monroe County mourns the loss of Commissioner James (Jim) V. Ham. Commissioner Ham served Monroe County on the Board of Commissioners since June 1987 and during his tenure, Monroe County has grown under his leadership. Commissioner Ham also expanded his public service role by becoming an active member of the Association of County Commissioners, including becoming President of the Association for the year 2004-2005, and recipient of the 2007 Emory Greene Leadership Award. He was also actively involved in the National Association of Commissioners. Jim was a former member of the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition, former Chairman of the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, charter member of the Two Rivers RC&D, part chairman of the Towaliga Soil & Water Conservation District, past President of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, a former member of the Region 13 Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Board, Middle Ocmulgee Regional Planning Commission and numerous other civic organizations.

Commissioner Ham was a well-known figure in Monroe County and throughout the state. His dry humor and presence will be missed in the County offices.