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 have a son, Nick, and a daughter, Emily. 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.