The Mayor and City Council appoint Boards, Commissions, Committee and Authority members as detailed in each description. Commissions are advisory bodies that make recommendations to the City Council for legal action. Citizens are welcomed to attend any Board, Commission, Committee, Authority or Council meeting.

A list of the Boards, Commissions, Committees and Authorities of the city and their meeting times and locations follows.  Agendas and minutes are available from the office of the City Clerk ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

Want to be considered to serve on a city board or commission?  Click here for a Volunteer Application form.

ART AND CULTURE COMMISSION


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CEMETERY PRESERVATION COMMISSION

The Cemetery Preservation Commission meets the 2nd Thursday at 4 pm in the City Hall Conference Room.
7 members, 4-year staggered terms.
Qualifications: Persons who have family members buried in the Kennesaw City Cemetery and/or who own plots in the Kennesaw City Cemetery.

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ETHICS BOARD

The Ethics Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of April and & October, at 6 pm in the Ben Robertson Community Center.
5 members, 2-year terms.
Qualifications: City resident with residency of 12 months prior to serving as a member. Shall not be a member of any other board or commission.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION 

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to promote historic preservation, educate the public about the importance of historic preservation, monitor the condition of all historic properties and structures, and review and provide decisions on all applications which involve changes in exterior architectural appearance or exterior environmental appearance within the historic districts.
The HPC meets the 3rd Tuesday at 8 am in the Council/Court Chambers.
7 members, 2-year terms. Board members appointed by Mayor and Council.
Qualifications: City and county residents with a majority being city residents.

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KEEP KENNESAW BEAUTIFUL BOARD

The Keep Kennesaw Beautiful (formerly Environmental) Board works to empower Kennesaw residents to be responsible stewards of our natural resources through environmental education and awareness programs; reduction of litter and landfill fees through recycling initiatives; safeguarding public trees, and greenspaces; and volunteer activities.
The Keep Kennesaw Beautiful Board meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6 pm in the Council/Court Chambers.  Members are appointed by the Mayor for 2-year terms.
The Board consists of no less than seven (7) members. Membership is open to city residents; the residency requirements may be waived in the event there are not enough interested city residents to fill a majority of vacant memberships. City Council members may serve as liaison members of the Board but not as voting members; Mayor is an ex-officio member. Members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. 

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KENNESAW CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (KCAC)

The purpose of the Kennesaw Citizens Advisory Committee (KCAC) is to evaluate various initiatives, proposals, and programs from a citizen’s perspective and develop recommendations for the Mayor, Council and city staff. The KCAC meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the City Hall Council/Court Chambers, but may meet more frequently based on project demands. Members will be appointed by Mayor and Council. 
Qualifications: membership on the committee is limited to: a) residents of Kennesaw; b) Cobb County residents who reside within one (1) mile of the existing city limits of the City of Kennesaw; or  c) business owners whose business is located within the city limits of the City of Kennesaw and who have a current business license issued by the City of Kennesaw.

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KENNESAW DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (KDA)

The KDA meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 pm in the City Hall Council/Court Chambers. 
7 members, 4-year terms; Board members are appointed by the Mayor and Council.
Qualifications: Must be a city taxpayer residing in the city, and no more than one member may be a member of the governing authority.
Website:  http://kennesawdevelopmentauthority.org/

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KENNESAW DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (KDDA)

The KDDA meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am in the Council/Court Chambers.
7 members, 4-year terms; Board members are appointed by the Mayor and Council.
Qualifications: (a) City resident, and/or (b) Owner/Operator of business in Downtown Development Area and resident of County, or (c) Owner/Operator of a business in the Downtown Development Area and a resident of the State of Georgia (1 member only); 8 hours of training in downtown development and redevelopment programs within 12 months.
Website:  http://www.kennesawdda.org

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LICENSE REVIEW BOARD 

The board meets as necessary to consider Due Cause hearings. Post 1 and 2 serve two year terms, Post 3 serves one year term.  No term limits.  Members are appointed by the Mayor.
Qualifications: Either a resident of the city or have an ownership interest as principal shareholder, general partner or sole proprietor in at least one business located in the city.  A maximum of one alcohol beverage license holder, if any, may serve on the board.   

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PLANNING COMMISSION

The Planning Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the City Hall Council/Court Chambers.
7 members, 3-year terms
Qualifications: City resident and registered voter.

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 SWIFT-CANTRELL PARK FOUNDATION

The Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 11:30 am in the City Hall Training Room.

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 URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (URA)

The URA meets on as as-needed basis.
3 members, 3-year terms.
Eight hours of training is required within 12 months of appointment.

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OTHER  COMMITTEES

The Stormwater Committee meets as needed. 

The Military Veterans Affairs Committee meets as needed. 

The Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets as needed.

Did You Know?

In 1957, Walt Disney Productions released the movie, "The Great Locomotive Chase" starring Fess Parker.

Boards & Commissions

  • Classes at Smith-Gilbert Gardens offer gardening pointers to adults & kids.

  • Kennesaws proud heritage is honored and remembered on the grounds of the City Cemetery.

  • Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will get you moving toward improved fitness and health.

  • Morning dog walking is invigorating and enjoyable at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • City officials and business owners cut the ribbon to showcase a new opening.

  • Police officers start the recruiting process early.

  • Shop at our Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods & other items from May-October.

  • Mayor Mathews invites future community leaders to participate in City Council meetings.

  • The Police Honor Guard is specially trained to represent the department at formal functions.

  • The Civil War era comes to life at the Southern Museum and in annual battle re-enactments.

  • The annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival features a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest.

  • Gather your paints brushes or camera and get inspired at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff provide first-rate support of the citys trails, parks and facilities.

  • Hundreds of volunteers maintain the beautiful flora at the 16 acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

  • The Citys two community parks offer families hours of recreation and relaxation.

  • Children celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree in the Garden at Swift-Cantrell Park.

  • Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park offers a bird-eye view of the city and surrounding area.

  • A new pedestrian underpass provides safe passage between Main St. and the Depot.

  • The City offers free wireless internet in parks & city facilities.

  • The Annual Big Shanty Festival features crafts, food, & shows attracting over 50,000 visitors.

Staff Liaison Contacts

Cemetery Preserv. Commission
Debra Taylor
City Clerk
(770) 424-8274

Keep Kennesaw Beautiful
Miranda Jones
Executive Director
(770) 424-8274

Historic Preservation Commission
Darryl Simmons
Zoning Administrator
(770) 590-8268

KDA
Robert Fox
Economic Development Director
(770) 794-7075

KDDA
Robert Fox
Economic Development Director
(770) 794-7075

Planning Commission
Darryl Simmons
Zoning Administrator
(770) 590-8268

Recreation & Culture Commission
Doug Taylor
Parks and Recreation Director
(770) 422-9714