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Meet the Conyers City Council

 Mayor & City Council 2018 (1024x717)

Pictured left to right: Council Member John Fountain, Council Member Gerald Hinesley, Mayor Vince Evans, Council Member Cleveland Stroud , Council Member Blair Barksdale, and Council Member Jacob Bailey.

Jacob L. Bailey

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Jacob Bailey was elected to the Conyers City Council in 2017. He represents District 2, Post 2.

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

1. Revitalization
2. Public Safety
3. Transparency
4. Talent Recruitment and Retention
5. Fiscal Growth

Personal Profile:

Married to Ora Jessica Bailey. "Usually in conversations regarding my wife, I'll make the statement 'I definitely married well.' She is my partner and collaborator. The safe harbor in the storm. Her smile and laughter are contagious."
Children: Timoteo, Nancy, Ryver and Molly. "The quote I hear the most about raising children is 'Enjoy them because time will fly by.' As a father I try to make the most of the moments we have together by not only being there for them, but also by being engaged."
Profession: Registered Nurse and co-owner of Beasley Drug Company.
City resident: 1987-2000, 2004 to present

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Georgia College and State University (nominated for an Irene Ryan award in the role of Uncle John in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath)
Associate of Science in Nursing, Georgia Perimeter College

Professional/Community Involvement:

Member, Rockdale County Board of Health
Member, Olde Town Merchants Association

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

"My theater degree was a vehicle for travel. Job locations landed me in Ohio, upstate New York, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Texas, and eventually Los Angeles, where I worked as an extra for 13 days on the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, thus becoming SAG eligible."

Hobbies/Interests:

Trout fishing, camping, gardening, Judo, wrestling, rollerblading, strategy games and reading.

 

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.

 

John A. Fountain, M.D.

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John Fountain was elected to the Conyers City Council in 2012. He serves District 4.

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

1. Maintaining a safe community for all.
2. Downtown revitalization
3. Continued conservative use and management of finances.

Personal Profile:

Married to Carol Fountain
Two children and three grandchildren
Profession: Practiced dermatology in Conyers since 1983.
City resident: Lifelong resident of Conyers and Rockdale County.

Education:

Rockdale County High School, 1971 Valedictorian
A.A., Oxford College of Emory University, Honors
B.S., Emory University, Honors in Biology
M.D. Emory University of Medicine
Internship in Internal Medicine, Georgia Baptist Medical Center
Residency in Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine
Certified by the American Board of Dermatology since 1983

Professional/Community Involvement:

- Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine, volunteering primarily in the clinics of Grady Memorial Hospital
- Conyers Presbyterian Church - Elder, choir member, Commissioner to the 219th General Assembly, Past Moderator of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta
- Past Chairman, Rockdale County Board of Health, Conyers Main Street Program, Conyers Downtown Development Authority, Past Vice-Chairman of Rockdale County Recreation Commission, Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts District Committee
-  Member, Oxford College Board of Counselors, Georgia Master 4-H Club, Rock Eagle Counselor Association, Eagle Scout
- Past member, Rotary Club of Conyers (Paul Harris Fellow), Conyers Rockdale Amateur Athletic Authority (Olympic Venue Development), Rockdale Comprehensive Land Use Plan Commission
- Founding head soccer coach for Oxford College of Emory University, past head coach for Salem High School, past select coach for Rockdale Youth Soccer, US Soccer Federation professional coaching license
- Founding director of Liberty National Bank/Rockdale National Bank (now United Community Bank). Chaired audit committee and personnel committee.
- Numerous professional associations and awards.

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

I have perfect pitch.

Hobbies/Interests:

Like both my grandfathers and my father, I'm a pretty good carpenter, and my wife and I enjoy renovating and remodeling houses.

 

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.

 

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.