Commissioner Kathie Gannon
Kathie Gannon has served on the DeKalb County Board of
Commissioners since January 2005 representing Super District 6, the western
half of DeKalb County. Super District 6 includes portions of South, Central and
North DeKalb County, with approximately 350,000 residents. Commissioner Gannon
served as the Presiding Officer of the Board of Commissioners in 2008 after two
terms as Deputy Presiding Officer. In 2009 she was elected to the Board of
Managers of the Association of County Commissions of Georgia (ACCG).
Commissioner Gannon's primary focus has been in the areas of
land use and planning, the environment and conservation, protection of
established neighborhoods and issues that impact our youth and senior citizens.
She serves on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Steering Committee
for Environment, Energy and Land Use and in 2010 was appointed as an Advisory
Board Member to the NACo Green Government Initiative. She now serves as
Vice-Chair of the Resilient Counties Advisory Board. Commissioner Gannon is also a board member of
Blueprints for Successful Communities of The Georgia Conservancy, and provided
leadership on environmental and sustainability issues through the establishment
of the DeKalb County Green Commission.
Commissioner Gannon has been actively involved in DeKalb
County issues since the 1980s, providing leadership to her community's
3,000-household civic association, serving on DeKalb County's Community
Council, and DeKalb County Planning Commission.
Commissioner Gannon was the founding Executive Director of
Georgia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a statewide non-profit that
provides trained volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. She
also founded the statewide citizen and judicial Foster Care Review program and
has served on several not-for-profit boards of directors.
Commissioner Gannon earned a BA in political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Masters Certificate in Heritage Preservation, from Georgia State University. She and her husband have two grown sons and have made DeKalb County home since 1972.