Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Council

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Council meets on a regular basis throughout each year. The Council members are comprised of: the Chief Elected Official of each member county, one Mayor from each member county, and a non-public official from each county (appointed by the county and ratified by the Council), in addition to three residents from the region (each appointed by the Governor), and two non-public members (one appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the second by the Speaker of the House). The Council also selects from the Council members a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer who each serve a two-year term.

Bartow County

Commissioner Steve Taylor

City Councilman Jayce Stepp, Cartersville

Karl Lutjens, Nonpublic

Catoosa County

Commission Chairman Larry C. Black

City Council Member Rhonda James, Fort Oglethorpe

Steven Henry, Nonpublic

Chattooga County

Commissioner Blake Elsberry

Mayor Harry Harvey, Summerville

James H. Henry, Nonpublic

Dade County

County Executive/Commission Chairman Ted M. Rumley

Mayor Alex Case, Trenton

George Williams, Nonpublic

Fannin County

Commission Chairman Jamie Hensley

Mayor Rhonda Haight, Blue Ridge

Charles Donaldson, Nonpublic

Floyd County

Commission Chair Allison Watters

City Commissioner Bill Collins. Rome

Ethan Pender, Nonpublic

Gilmer County

Commission Chairman Charlie Paris

Mayor Al Hoyle, Ellijay

Kent W. Sanford, Nonpublic

Gordon County

Commission Chairman M. L. “Bud” Owens

Councilman Ed Moyer, Calhoun

Bo Nicholson, Nonpublic

Haralson County

Commission Chairman Ronnie Ridley

Vacancy, Bremen

Bob Birky, Nonpublic

Murray County

Commissioner Greg Hogan

Mayor K. W. Gong, Chatsworth

Steve Noland, Nonpublic

Paulding County

Commission Chairman David Carmichael

Mayor James Kelly, Dallas

David Austin, Nonpublic

Pickens County

Commission Chairman Kris Stancil

Mayor Kirk D. Raffield, Jasper

Gary Reece, Nonpublic

Polk County

Commissioner Linda Liles

City Commissioner Sam Branch, Cedartown

Alan Dean, Nonpublic

Walker County

Commission Chairman Shannon Whitfield

Mayor Andy Arnold, LaFayette

Chip Catlett, Nonpublic

Whitfield County

Commission Chairman Jevin Jensen

Mayor Ken Gowin, Tunnel Hill

Dave Hastey, Nonpublic

Governor's Appointees

Nicholas Chester, Attorney, Paulding County

David Guldenschuh, Attorney, Floyd County

Michele Taylor, Superintendent, Calhoun City Schools

Lieutenant Governor's Appointee

William Faulkner “Buddy” Harrelson, Nonpublic, Paulding County

Speaker of the House's Appointee

John Clayton, Attorney and Government Affairs Professional, Cartersville


Greg Hogan, Chairperson

Steve Taylor, Vice Chairperson

Blake Elsberry, Secretary

Charlie Paris, Treasurer