Council member Bill Thrash is a Texas native who grew up in Oklahoma. He served on active duty with the US Army during Vietnam and also served in the Colorado National Guard. In his early career, he was an EMT/paramedic and attended nursing school, but he transitioned into security management and spent 23 years in the corporate world. He was transferred from Denver to Kennesaw in 1992, and shortly thereafter began volunteering on Kennesaw boards, including the Development Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Recreation & Culture Commission and Historic Preservation Commission.
Bill's passion is working with and supporting the teen community. He spearheaded the formation of the Youth Council and founded the Kennesaw Teen Center. His wife Suzie teaches at Kennesaw Mountain High School; his daughter Mandy is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and son Robbie is a student at Chattahoochie Tech. Bill enjoys fishing, reading and just hanging out in his spare time.
He finds trying to stay ahead of the constant changes to be the most challenging aspect of Council service. Hearing from citizens and visitors how great the city is and how responsive city employees are is his greatest reward.
His personal philosophy is simple - treat others with the respect they earn as children of God and acknowledge that no one is perfect.