City Council members are elected “at large” and serve as liaisons to city departments as assigned by the Mayor. One Council member serves as Mayor Pro-Tem, determined by a vote of all five members. The Mayor Pro-Tem assumes all the duties and powers of the Mayor in his/her absence.
The City Council executes all rights and powers granted the city through its city charter under the self-governing provisions of the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia. The duties of the City Council include approving all city expenditures, setting the millage rate for property taxes, approving the city’s budget, passing ordinances, establishing policies and procedures, and hearing all rezoning and annexation requests.
James “Doc” Eaton
Council Post 1, 2016 Mayor Pro Tem
Term Expires 2019
James “Doc” Eaton is originally from Marion, IL. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University (where he was a classmate of Rush Limbaugh!). He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1969. He spent his early career as a banker, but in 1989 at the age of 42, decided to attend chiropractor school, then open a private practice in Kennesaw in 1993. The practice moved to its present location in 2000 and is now run by his daughter Cris Eaton-Welsh. Doc recently spent 2 ½ years overseas where he was the clinic director for Life University in China; upon his return, he became a professor and clinic director at Life University in Marietta.
Doc has a long history of participation in city organizations. He served on the KDDA for eight years, and as chair for four. He was a founding member of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. His civic involvement is also extensive. He was a charter member of the Kennesaw chapter of the Lions Club, is currently the club secretary of the Optimist Club, and is active in American Legion Post 304.
Doc and his wife Pam have three children – Cris, Courtney, and Jim – and several grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and is an avid fisherman and deer hunter. Doc and Pam are members of Kennesaw United Methodist Church.
Yvette M. A. Daniel
Council Post 2
Term Expires 2019
Yvette M.A. Daniel hails from Augusta, GA, but due to her father’s career in the U.S. Army, she has lived in many places. Following in her father’s footsteps, she also made the Army a career from which she is retired. She has worked in the nursing field, has been employed as a Sheriff’s Deputy and Board of Education Police Officer, and is a personal trainer.
Her educational achievements are as diverse as her career. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University and earned a clinical degree from George Washington University in blood banking. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
Yvette has been very active in the community, serving as Girl Scout troop leader, Boy Scout assistant, and Queen for a Day Reading Club Founder. In Kennesaw, she spearheaded the development and implementation of the 160-member Big Shanty Intermediate School PTA Kids Club. She also works with the Dad’s initiative and Watch D.O.G.S at Big Shanty. She has served as PTA Vice President at Kennesaw Elementary School and chaired numerous committees.
A Kennesaw resident for four years, Yvette is an advocate for healthy living and total wellness who herself is a cancer survivor. She enjoys dancing, traveling, and playing the violin. She is the mother of four children: an older son and daughter Kanesha and Gerald, and two young daughters, Leona and Alexandria.
Nimesh Patel grew up in Lakeland, FL. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, his law degree from the University of Arkansas and his Masters in tax law from the University of Denver. He is currently employed with a Fortune 300 corporation, specializing in insurance and employee benefits law, including the ERISA, tax and commercial laws applicable to employer-sponsored welfare benefit plans and worksite insurance offerings. Previously, Nimesh was in private practice with several multinational law firms where he advised his clients on all aspects of the design, implementation, and administration of employee benefit plans, executive compensation plans and the related funding vehicles.
Nimesh has stayed active within the community. He has served on the Kennesaw Development Authority as well on the Board of Directors for the Legacy Park HOA, the Kennesaw Big Shanty Foundation as well as the Awtrey Middle School Foundation. He was also a past coach with Swift Kids.
A Kennesaw resident since 2000, Nimesh and his wife Jennifer have two children, Elizabeth and Hannah. While always active, he took up running a few years ago and has completed both the Chicago and New York Marathons.
Councilmember Jimmy Dickens was born in Washington DC but grew up in Raleigh, NC. He attended Harris Barber College in Raleigh and since 1994, has operated seven barber shops. He has lived in Kennesaw since 2005 and recently celebrated ten years for his barber shop in its current location on Main Street at Jiles Road.
Jimmy’s civic involvement includes membership in Men of Distinction, and Men of Determination. He has a big heart, as demonstrated by his active involvement in a program which provides transitional housing for abused families. He volunteers to help feed disadvantaged families at Thanksgiving and sponsors families in need at Christmas.
Jimmy is the proud father of children Joshua, Jaquan, Chyna, Journey, and Jimmy Jr. In his spare time, he is an assistant baseball coach and loves spending time in family activities.
Council Post 5
Term Expires 2017
Council member Jim Sebastian grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and moved to Cobb County in 1976. He briefly lived in Marietta while he built the Kennesaw home on Cherokee Street where he still resides. He began work as a design engineer, added software and data processing skills to his resume, and developed a 35 year history of management experience. He is currently a managing partner and owner of a consulting, administration and brokering firm which specializes in manufacturer product warranties and retail service contracts. In 1989, he completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration at Kennesaw State University, graduating with honors.
Jim’s civic involvement began when he signed up for the Kennesaw Citizens Advisory Committee. Formed in 2010, the committee is composed of concerned citizens and business people who wanted to learn more about issues and concerns facing local city government.
Jim’s children Natalie and Ryan both still live in the area. He volunteers time to the Boy Scouts, churches, and special needs groups for children with mental disorders, among others. In his spare time, Jim enjoys exploring hiking trails and caves, biking, kite flying, and driving his convertible with various car clubs.