Jerry NeSmith

Commissioner Jerry NeSmith

Commissioner NeSmith, District 6

2012-June 7, 2020
Represented West Athens, Mitchell Bridge, Georgia Square Mall areas.

Commissioner Jerry NeSmith passed away on June 7, 2020.

Jerry NeSmith’s website

Professional and Civic Experience
Director of information systems at UGA’s office for research (2006-present)
Founding Director, Treasurer of Athens Farmers Market, LLC (non-profit) (2008-present)
Member, ACC Planning Commission (2003-present)
Founding Co-Director, UGA research computing center (2004-2010)
IT Manager, Emory University (2001-2003)
Account Executive, US federal contractor, civilian agencies, Washington, DC (1991-1997)
Wichita State University and the University of Alabama (1970)
Party Affiliation
Primary Ballots: NeSmith often takes Democratic primary ballots, but not exclusively.
Donations: Donated to John Barrow (D) in 2006, Jonathan Wallace (D) in 2017, Deborah Gonzalez (D) in 2017 and 2018, and Stacey Evans (D) in 2018.
Fundraising: On the fundraising committee of Houston Gaines (R) in 2017.
Inferred Party: Identifies as a Democrat.

Signature Policies

Economic Development: Commissioner Jerry NeSmith has been vocal about reversing the flight of businesses to Oconee county and about economic development on the west side. He wants to make it easier to do business here, making Athens-Clarke County more “business friendly.” He has consistently advocated for more money for street paving.

Support for Mental Health Services: NeSmith serves on the board of Advantage Behavioral Health and has supported increased spending to support mental health in Athens.


Voting Record

  • 2020
    Accept Agreement with the Classic Center: YES
    Support the Pre-Arrest Diversion Program: YES
    Start a Community Energy Fund: YES
    Declare State of Emergency, Banning Public Gatherings: YES
    Order Athenians to Shelter in Place: YES
    Urge Leniency for Rent and Mortgage Payments: YES
    Refuse to Pay Attorney Bryan Sells: YES
    (More information about 2020 votes)
  • 2019
    Reconsider Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
    Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: did not vote
    FY2020 Goals and Objectives: YES
    Designate SPLOST Projects: YES
    Expand ACCPD Vehicle Program: YES
    Adopt the 100% Athens Resolution: YES
    End cash bail for local ordinance violations: YES
    Delay Bike Lanes on Hancock Ave: YES
    Remove Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: NO
    Approve Final SPLOST 2020 List: YES
    Pass Along State Legislative Requests: YES, but he removed an item regarding mandatory gun registration.
    Reorganize Animal Control: YES
    Approve the Neighborhood Leaders program: absent
    (More information about 2019 votes)
  • 2018
    Fund Cedar Creek Solar Array: YES
    Move Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
    Redesign Chase Street Corridor: NO
    Update County Anti-Discrimination Policy: YES
    Reject Concept Maps for Athens in Motion: NO
    Adopt the Athens in Motion plan: absent
    Protected Bike Lanes for Barnett Shoals: NO
    Delay the Designation of SPLOST Projects: NO
    (More information about 2018 votes)
  • 2017
    Temporary Halt to Downtown Development: NO
    Consultant Selection for Bike / Ped Master Plan: YES
    TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
    Re-zoning Mitchell Street:YES
    (More information about 2017 votes)
  • 2016
    “Road Diet” for Chase Street: YES
    Allow Sale of Growlers in Brewpubs: YES
    Fare-Free Bus Rides for K-12 Students: YES
    Downtown Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and Civil Rights Committee: NO
    (More information about 2016 votes)
  • 2015
    Allow Backyard Chickens: absent
    Remove Wetland Buffers: NO
    Award Jail Phone Contract to Securus Tech: YES
    Allow Food Trucks: YES
    Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
    (More information about 2015 votes)