The Mayor is the city's Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the efficient and orderly administration of city affairs. He presides over all meetings of the City Council but votes only in the case of a tie and has veto power. The Mayor also executes contracts, deeds and other official documents as authorized by the City Council.

Mark Mathews grew up in the Kennesaw, Georgia community. He attended Due West Elementary, Awtrey Middle School, North Cobb High School, and Kennesaw State University.

He began his community involvement in 1987 when he became the president of the Kennesaw Springs Homeowners Association, where he served until 1996. Concurrently, in 1993, he served on the initial boards of the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority as well as the Kennesaw Development Authority.

In 1996, he was elected to the Kennesaw City Council where he served 12 years. In 2008, he was elected Mayor of Kennesaw and is now serving in his second term.

Mark actively pursues continuing education in municipal management and leadership as well as additional community service.  He earned a Certificate of Excellence from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, completed the Leadership Institute for Municipal Elected Officials as well as the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute. Mark serves as a board member of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and is involved with the Kennesaw Business Association and Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Cobb Class and Honorary Commanders.  He serves on the Kennesaw State University Citizen Advisory Board and is Chair of the Cobb County Airport Strategic Planning Board.

In addition to his civic responsibilities, Mark is an experienced businessman.  He worked in his family's Marietta flooring business located in Marietta, becoming President after purchasing the business from his father.  He is currently employed as the Manager of Government Relations for MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service in Marietta, where his responsibilities include building relationships with elected and non-elected officials while keeping officials informed on EMS related issues.

Mark and Betsy, his wife of 28 years, have a son, Nick, currently attending Georgia Tech, and a daughter, Emily, a senior at North Cobb High School.  He is an active member of Kennesaw United Methodist Church and resides in Kennesaw's Legacy Park subdivision. He is a member of Pinetree Country Club where he enjoys socializing and the occasional round of golf.

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Mark Mathews, Mayor
2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave.
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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Public Meetings

Wed Oct 01 @ 6:00PM -
City Council Work Session
Mon Oct 06 @ 6:30PM -
City Council Meeting
Wed Oct 15 @ 6:00PM -
City Council Work Session
Mon Oct 20 @ 6:30PM -
City Council Meeting
Wed Oct 29 @ 6:00PM -
City Council Work Session
Mon Nov 03 @ 6:30PM -
City Council Meeting
Wed Nov 12 @ 6:00PM -
City Council Work Session
Mon Nov 17 @ 6:30PM -
City Council Meeting
  • 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.