Commissioner NeSmith, District 6
Represents West Athens, Mitchell Bridge, Georgia Square Mall areas.
Jerry NeSmith’s website
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)
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
Consultant Selection for Bike / Ped Master Plan: YES
TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
Re-zoning Mitchell Street:YES
(More information about 2017 votes)
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)
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)