Tifton Mayor Julie Smith Sworn in as Georgia Municipal Association President 

Mayors of Perry, Madison, College Park and LaGrange Step into New Leadership Roles


ATLANTA – Tifton Mayor Julie Smith has been elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association. She was sworn in as president at GMA’s Annual Convention in Savannah on June 26. 

Smith previously served as first, second and third vice president. GMA officers generally serve in all three vice presidential roles before ascending to the role of president. In addition to her three years of experience as a leader on GMA’s Board of Directors, Smith has previously chaired the Legislative Policy Council and Federal Policy Council.

Serving as officers with Smith are: 

  • Perry Mayor Randall Walker, first vice president 
  • Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, second vice president 
  • College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom, third vice president 
  • LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, immediate past president
Photo of LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, College Park Bianca Motley Broom, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Perry Mayor Randall Walker, and Tifton Mayor Julie Smith standing together.
New GMA officers were sworn in on June 26. Pictured here: LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, College Park Bianca Motley Broom, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Perry Mayor Randall Walker, Tifton Mayor Julie Smith.

Georgia mayors and councilmembers serve as leaders within GMA. Presidents and vice presidents chair key committees, serve as advocates for GMA’s interests on the state and federal level and help guide GMA initiatives.

GMA is proud to have Mayor Smith, Mayor Walker, Mayor Perriman, Mayor Motley Broom, and Mayor Thornton as the leaders of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors.

About the Georgia Municipal Association: Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to all of Georgia’s 537 cities. GMA anticipates and influences the forces shaping Georgia’s cities and to provide leadership, tools and services that assist municipal governments in becoming more innovative, effective and responsive. Created in 1933, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. For more information, visit www.gacities.com.


Latisha Gray

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