The governing authority of the City of Clarkesville consists of the Mayor and five City Council members who are elected at large and serve four year terms. At their first meeting each calendar year the Mayor Pro-Tem is selected by the City Council.

The City Council represents the interests of citizens of Clarkesville by adopting public policies; determining the City's mission, scope of service, and tax levels; passing ordinances; approving new projects and programs; and ratifying the budget.

Appointed by and reporting to the City Council, the City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and is charged with the implementation of City Council adopted policies and directives and the day-to-day operations of the City. The City Manager is responsible for hiring directors to oversee each department.

Terry Greene, Mayor

Mayor Greene was first elected to city council in 1999 after serving for 4 years on the planning and zoning commission.  He was elected mayor in the 2005 election and re-elected in 2009.  He has lived in Clarkesville since 1992 and worked as a physician in private practice in Habersham county since 1992 specializing in internal medicine.   He is a Graduate of UGA and the Medical College of GA.  He and his wife Anne have 4 children. 

Favorite thing about Clarkesville:  Mayor Greene appreciates Clarkesville’s sense of community, the small town atmosphere, and the high standards of the community.

Barrie Aycock, Council Member

Barrie Aycock was elected to City Council in 20¬13, winning the 2014 election for the Council seat.

Barrie has lived in Clarkesville since 2008. She and her husband Bobby are the former owners of Glen-Ella Springs Inn, and are now retired. They have two children and 5 grandchildren. Their son Rob Aycock and his family also live in Clarkesville.

Favorite things about Clarkesville:  Barrie is proud of the great community spirit in Clarkesville, and the positive energy that is making good things happen during tough times. She is honored to serve as a member of the 2014 City Council.

Franklin Brown, Council Member

Franklin Brown was first elected to City Council in 2006, and has served for six years.

Franklin has lived in Clarkesville since1979.   He has worked at his family business for over 40 years.

Franklin and his wife, Diane, have three children and nine grandchildren.

Favorite things about Clarkesville: Franklin appreciates Clarkesville’s small town family life where people are still friends and neighbors. The history and beauty of Clarkesville is rebirth by the desire of its citizens each day to maintain and preserve the way of life.

Tommy Burgess, Mayor Pro-Tem

Tommy Burgess was first elected to City Council in 2009, and has served 2.5 years.  

Tommy has lived in Clarkesville since 2003. He has worked at Hettich America in product development for 7 years.
Tommy and his wife, Kelly, have 2 boys, Sawyer, who is 4 years old, and Henry who is 18 months

Favorite things about Clarkesville:  Tommy appreciates Clarkesville’s southern traditions and small town atmosphere, but also its progressive citizens who are always looking to the future and ways to make their hometown an even better place to live.

Leigh Johnston, Council Member

Leigh Johnston was elected in 2013, winning the 2014 election for the Council seat.

Leigh has lived, worked, and volunteered in Habersham County for 10 years. She and husband Darrin moved in town in Clarkesville in 2012.

Leigh and Darrin have Daughter Christan and her husband Craig, and their two children Mason and Riley who live locally as well as other family members who have migrated from the Atlanta metro area to this beautiful place.

Born and raised in the Atlanta area, she has a corporate background in telecommunications and logistics. And for 10 years has owned a small business in town in Clarkesville called Homestead House. She currently volunteers with the Clarkesville Main Street Program Design Committee and the Taste of Clarkesville. And is a member of the Clarkesville Business & Community Association.

Favorite things about Clarkesville:  "As a small business owner, wife, mother, and grandmother, the thing I love most about Clarkesville is the unspoken nurturing kindred spirit that is offered every day to long time residents, newcomers and visitors alike. While this community has an undying volunteer and entrepreneurial drive, everyone feels welcome and supported while we all work to preserve this beautiful quaint place and embrace the future together."

Barbara Kesler, City Manager

Barbara is a cum laude graduate of Georgia State University with a BBA in Accounting. After working in private industry for 11 years, Barbara began working for local government in 1999 and became the Clarkesville City Manager in 2008. Barbara and her husband David have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Reading, painting and playing with her grandchildren are some of Barbara’s favorite things to do. Also, Barbara loves attending the outstanding local theater productions and counts Clarkesville lucky to have this rich cultural opportunity. Barbara is on the Board of Directors of Grace Gate and the Clarkesville Kiwanis Club.

Greatest strengths about Clarkesville: Volunteerism, leadership, and sense of unity in working together to keep Clarkesville a thriving community.

“The most important thing to remember when working in local government is that it is all about service. We are here to do the most efficient and effective job that we can do for the public. At the end of the day, we have been successful when everything in the City is working efficiently, the public is satisfied, and we have stayed within our budget.”

Glenda Smith, City Clerk

Glenda Smith is Clarkesville's City Clerk. Glenda's duties include processing business and alcohol licenses, as well as server's permits. Glenda is always on-hand to answer questions about the City.

Casey Ramsey, Council Member

Casey Ramsey was first elected to City Council in 2008, and has served for 4.5 years.  

Casey has lived in the Clarkesville area his entire life.   He has worked for Hall County Fire Services for 10 years.

Casey has been a firefighter for the past 12 years where he started his career as a volunteer for the Clarkesville Fire Department. He currently serves as a Lieutenant and Paramedic for the Hall County Fire Services. He is also heavily involved with the Habersham County EMA and the Technical Rescue Team. Casey is a member of the Georgia Search and Rescue Team and serves as a lead instructor for the regions task force. He is a member of the State of Georgia's Incident Management Team which deploys during disaster events throughout the state.

In Casey's spare time he enjoys traveling the country teaching technical rescue and performing various vertical environment jobs and standbys.

Casey and his wife, Rebekah, are members of the Maysville Baptist Church in Maysville, GA.

Favorite things about Clarkesville: Casey appreciates Clarkesville’s great community, the small town atmosphere, and the close knit relationships with its citizens.

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