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About the City Council

The City of Clarkston functions under the council-manager form of government. This system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.

The Clarkston city council serves primarily as a legislative body; its members are the community’s decision makers. They serve as the leaders and policy makers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to citizens’ needs and wishes. Members of the elected council are responsible for approving the budget and determining the tax rates. The council also focuses on the community’s goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning.

The council hires a professional manager to carry out the administrative responsibilities of the City and supervises the manager’s performance.

Debra Johnson
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Birthplace:  Conyers, Georgia

Years Resided in Clarkston:  4 year resident, currently living in one of the first homes built more than 70 years ago (aired property), in the first African American...

Jamie Carroll
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Years resided in Clarkston: 4

Profession: Jamie Carroll graduated from Emory Law School in 2009, and has practiced commercial litigation, real estate law and bankruptcy in Atlanta for the last eight...

Mark Perkins
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Before moving to Clarkston in 2014, Mark spent his childhood in countries throughout South America and South Asia before returning to the United States. At The University of Alabama he obtained a...

susan hood
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Susan is retired from DeKalb County where she served as Assistant County Administrator and led the Parks Bond and Greenspace Office.  She served in local governments for more than twenty years...

yt bell
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2017 & Re-elected 2021

Yterenickia S. Bell, affectionately known as YT, has been an advocate in her communities for many years and was re-elected to the Clarkston City Council in 2021.  

YT Bell is a three-time graduate of...