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Meet the Conyers City Council

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Pictured left to right: Council Member Gerald Hinesley, Council Member Connie Alsobrook, Council Member Valyncia Smith, Mayor Vince Evans, Council Member Blair Barksdale and Council Member Cleveland Stroud.  

Meet Our Council Members 

 

Connie Alsobrook

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Connie Alsobrook was elected to the Conyers City Council in 2019. She represents District 2, Post 2.

What issues are most important to you in serving on the City Council?

1. Community Education
2. Small Business Development
3. Public Safety

Personal Profile:

Two daughters, one grandson and a cat named Muffin
Profession: Entrepreneur
City resident: 19 years

Education:

Graduated from Gwinnett College of Business in 1998

Professional/Community Involvement:

Adult Mental Health First Aider (MHFA)
Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Rockdale County SPLOST Committee 2010 - 2017
Rockdale Citizen Police Academy 2012
Rockdale/Conyers 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, Chair of the Healthy Youth Subcommittee

What's something surprising/unusual most people don't know about you?

She loves country music. 

Hobbies/Interests:

Reading, traveling and eating different foods. 

 

 

Blair Barksdale

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Blair Barksdale was elected to the Conyers City Council in 2017. She represents District 2, Post 1.

What issues are most important to you in serving on the City Council?

1. Public Safety
2. Downtown Revitalization
3. Building strong community relationships

Personal Profile:

Profession: Spanish teacher (Heritage High School), Head Girls Soccer Coach, Graduation Coordinator, Senior Class Representative and Administrative Assistant
City resident: 24 years, 36 years in Rockdale County

Education:

Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Presbyterian College
Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a concentration in Literature and Composition, Georgia State University
MAT in Special Education, Georgia College and State University
EdS, Educational Administration and Policy, University of Georgia

Professional/Community Involvement:

Leadership Rockdale Class of 2018

What's something surprising/unusual most people don't know about you?

She lived in Sevilla, Spain in 2000 and Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

Hobbies/Interests:

Spending time with her family and friends, especially her four nieces: Charlee, Penelope, Sadie and Violet, attending the University of Georgia football games, reading and working with the students of Heritage High School, not only academically, but as a mentor.

 

 

Gerald A. Hinesley, Sr.

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Gerald Hinesley was elected to the Conyers City Council in 2002. He serves the citizens of District 3.  

What issues are most important to you in serving on the City Council?

1. Public Safety - Alleviate crime and keep residents safe.
2. Improved Infrastructure - Roads, sidewalks, etc. for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
3. Manage Budget - Maintain a strong financial position by being good stewards of tax dollars through fiscal discipline.
4. Technology - Leverage technology to be more effective and efficient in the services we deliver.

Personal Profile:

Married to Pam Hinesley
Children: Drew and Katy
Grandchildren: JJ, Averi, Harper, Gracen and Tripp
Profession: Chief Financial Officer - Associated Paper, Inc.
City resident since 1999 (lived in Rockdale County since 1984)

Education:

BBA in Accounting, University of Georgia

Professional/Community Involvement:

Deacon, Rockdale Community Church
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
Member, Georgia Society of CPAs
Member, American Institute of CPAs

What's something surprising/unusual most people don't know about you?

Pam and I were badminton line judges during the 1996 Olympics.

Hobbies/Interests:

Spending time with family, especially the grandchildren, golf and exercise.

 

Valyncia Smith

 

Valyncia Smith was elected to the Conyers City Council in 2019. She represents District 4.

What issues are most important to you in serving on the City Council?

1. Public Safety
2. Economic Development
3. Youth Programs

Personal Profile:

Daughter, Chloe Smith
Profession: Paraprofessional at Rockdale County High School, Intern for Real Women Atlanta Magazine

Education:

Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Georgia State University
Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies, Georgia State University

Professional/Community Involvement:

Director of Outreach, Effective Life Church of Atlanta
Member of the Golden Key Society
CFO, The Hero Foundation, Inc.

What's something surprising/unusual most people don't know about you?

She plays the violin and was once mentored by the great jazz violinist Jerald Daemyon. 

Hobbies/Interests:

Mentoring teenagers, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

 

Cleveland Stroud

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Cleveland Stroud was elected to the Conyers City Council in 1994. He serves the citizens of District 1.

What issues are most important to you in serving on the City Council?

1. Public Safety
2. Transportation
3. Economic Development

Personal Profile:

Married to Helen F. Stroud
Children: Gregory Stroud, Anthony Stroud, Karen S. Johnson and several grandchildren
Profession: Retired educator and coach, Income tax preparer
City resident since 1945

Education:

B.A. from Morehouse College
Further study at Atlanta University

Professional/Community Involvement:

Vice President, Citizens Progressive Club
Superintendent's Advisory Committee
Chairman, Morehouse College Athletic Booster Club
Member, Rockdale Retired Educators Association (RREA)
Teacher of the Year Award
Region Coach of the Year Award (seven times)
State Coach of the Year (1987)
Citizen of the Year (Rockdale County, twice)
Georgia Optimist Club's "Georgian of the Year" (1989)
Recipient of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce's 2007 A.R. (Gus) Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award

What's something surprising/unusual most people don't know about you?

I was the 1987 winner of the Jack Fisher Award from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the 1988 winner of the Pierre de Coubertin Award from the International Olympic Committee. I also work for the NFL as coach to player communications operator.

Hobbies/Interests:

Gardening and attending sporting events.