Jerry NeSmith

Commissioner Jerry NeSmithCommissioner 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.

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)

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 wanting to reverse 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 and infrastructure maintenance.

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)