Jerry NeSmith

Commissioner Jerry NeSmith

Commissioner NeSmith, District 6

Represents West Athens, Mitchell Bridge, Georgia Square Mall areas.

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.
Fundraising: On the fundraising committee of Houston Gaines (R) in 2017.
Party Meeting Attendance: NeSmith has been known to attend meetings of the Athens GOP. Inferred Party: Unclear

Signature Policies

Economic Development: Commissioner Jerry NeSmith has been vocal about reversing the flight of businesses to Oconee county and economic development on the west side. He wants to make it easier to do business in Clarke county.

Public Safety and Protection of Neighborhoods: After taking office in 2013, NeSmith spoke with Athens Patch about his priorities as commissioner. These included public safety and reducing crime.

Other Issues

Opposition to Mandatory Gun Registration: NeSmith blocked the inclusion of mandatory gun registration on the list of commissioner asks to the state legislature on September 3, 2019. He likewise did not accept a compromise proposal, which would have limited the mandatory registrations to assault weapons only.

Voting Record

  • 2019
    Reconsideration of 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
    Delaying Bike Lanes on Hancock Ave: YES
    Removing Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: NO
    Approving Final SPLOST 2020 List: YES
    Passing Along State Legislative Requests: YES, but he removed an item regarding mandatory gun registration.
    Reorganizing Animal Control: YES
    Approving 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)