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.
Council Post 1
Term Expires 2027
Madelyn Orochena was born and raised in Kennesaw. She attended local public schools Lewis Elementary, Durham Middle and Kennesaw Mountain High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kennesaw State University in 2012.
From a young age, performing at local events such as the Big Shanty Festival inspired her lifelong passion for the Arts and Dance. She continues to enjoy competing and performing, as well as teaching. Her community involvement includes volunteering with MUST Ministries and serving on the Kennesaw Arts and Culture Commission.
Madelyn is the oldest of four siblings, a wife and a mother of one.
Tracey Viars is an Atlanta native who grew up in Tucker, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing from Georgia State University (1988) and earned a Master of Art in English from Kennesaw State University (2004) with a concentration in professional writing. She worked in the field of communication representing radio, newspaper, advertising agencies and as a feature writer before becoming self-employed in 1995. Her company, Creative Results, Inc., specializes in image and visibility marketing working with a variety of clients from retail to industrial, business to business and business to consumer through creative strategy, marketing and promotion. Since 2018, she has also worked as a commercial real estate agent helping owners and investors buy, sell and lease commercial properties.
Tracey’s community involvement includes being an original member of the Kennesaw Citizens Advisory Committee (KCAC), spending 6 years as a member of the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority (KDDA), 3 years as Chair, 2 years as a member of the Events Committee, 2 years as a Race Director for the Faith Cline Elf Trot 5k, Manager for Dinner at the Depot (2015 – 2017), a key organizer of the Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival (2014-2018), a Livable Centers Initiative Core Team Member, a stakeholder for the Cherokee Designed-based Code Process and served on the Kennesaw State University Business Community Committee for Athletics (2015 – 2017). She currently serves as the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Kennesaw Business Association.
Tracey is passionate about exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. A 23-year resident of Kennesaw, she has raised 3 children within the community.
Council Post 3
Term Expires 2025
Pat Ferris grew up in Kennesaw and has lived his entire life in the city. He graduated from North Cobb High School and is a 1979 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He is currently retired with his most recent position being the business development manager of Brintons U. S. Axminster.
Pat’s civic involvement is long and storied. He served in the Kennesaw City Council in the Post 5 seat from 1985-2001, including serving as Mayor Pro-Tem. He is a Past President of the Cobb Municipal Association. Pat was also a member of the Kennesaw Planning and Zoning Board, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and Kennesaw Jaycees.
His extended family includes a brother, several cousins and a nephew. His outside interests are electronics, reading, music, yard equipment and car repair.
Council Post 4
Term Expires 2025
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Council Post 5
Term Expires 2025