Mayor

The Mayor is elected the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Dahlonega. They possess all of the executive and administrative powers granted to the city under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia, and all the executive and administrative powers contained in the City Charter.

The Mayor presides at all meetings of the council, votes as a member of the council only at such times as are necessary to break a tie or deadlock of the council, to be the official head of the City for the service of process and for ceremonial purposes, has the power to administer oaths and to take affidavits, sign all written contracts entered into by the council on behalf of the City and all other contracts and instruments executed by the City which by law are required to be in writing, sees that all laws and ordinances of the City are faithfully executed, and performs other duties as may be required by law, the City Charter or ordinance or as otherwise directed by the City Council.

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JoAnne Taylor
Mayor

Serving the community is a passion for me. Dahlonega is a wonderful place to call home! My priorities include:

• Preserving Dahlonega’s unique “sense of place”, retaining the welcoming small-town feel and ambiance of our incredible community
• Fiscal responsibility – ensure that your tax dollars are being used wisely in the best interest of the total community
• Rebuilding infrastructure: most folks don’t care about pipes, roads, etc. until they do!
• Regular maintenance and enhancement is a responsibility of government which can be easy to ignore but requires constant vigilance and investment.
• Addressing inevitable growth appropriately. Keep the look and feel of our award-winning downtown.
• Supporting business through improvements in city processes and promptness.

Ken and I have lived in Dahlonega since 2004, been property owners and taxpayers since 2000. I had the great opportunity to participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lumpkin program in 2009, shortly after I retired. Past and present volunteer roles include:

• Trustee for Retirement, Employee Benefits, Workers Comp Funds for Georgia Municipal Association
• Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition
• Secretary of the Joint Development Authority of Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties
• Vice-Chair of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County
• Corporate Board member with Connect North Georgia
• Past President of the Community Helping Place
• Currently a volunteer mentor in the Lumpkin County School System
• Currently Vice-Chair of the North Georgia Interfaith Ministry Jeremiah’s Place.
• Received Kids First recognition from Family Connection in 2018.
• All net earnings from my role on City Council are/have been donated to local charities.

After a 32-year career with IBM, I retired from my position as Vice President in the Global Telecommunications Industry. I hold a BA in English Literature from Mercy College and am a Certified Sales Executive. My career was extensive and interesting, I held many different positions including global executive and line management, applications development, systems programming, systems engineering, and large systems specialist. When I’m not busy in the community, I enjoy spending time with family, reading (a passion!), playing golf, baking bread and preserving, and spending time outdoors. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to serve in a community that I love!