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.
James “Doc” Eaton
Council Post 1
Term Expires 2023
James “Doc” Eaton is originally from Marion, IL. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University (where he was a classmate of Rush Limbaugh!). He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1969. He spent his early career as a banker, but in 1989 at the age of 42, decided to attend chiropractor school, then open a private practice in Kennesaw in 1993. The practice moved to its present location in 2000 and is now run by his daughter Cris Eaton-Welsh. Doc recently spent 2 ½ years overseas where he was the clinic director for Life University in China; upon his return, he became a professor and clinic director at Life University in Marietta.
Doc has a long history of participation in city organizations. He served on the KDDA for eight years, and as chair for four. He was a founding member of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. His civic involvement is also extensive. He was a charter member of the Kennesaw chapter of the Lions Club, is currently the club secretary of the Optimist Club, and is active in American Legion Post 304.
Doc and his wife Pam have three children – Cris, Courtney, and Jim – and several grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and is an avid fisherman and deer hunter. Doc and Pam are members of Kennesaw United Methodist Church.
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.
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 Co-Chair of the Hospitality 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 with her husband Ted.
Council Post 3
Term Expires 2021
Pat Ferris grew up in Kennesaw and has lived his entire life in the city. He attended North Cobb High School and is a 1979 graduate the University of Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. He is currently 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 3 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, and yard equipment and car repair.
Council Post 4
Term Expires 2021
Chris Henderson was born and raised in Chickamauga, Georgia in the northwest mountains. He has lived in Kennesaw for the past five years. He earned his Bachelors of Science and concurrently his Masters of Science Degrees in engineering from Mercer University in 2004. Chris subsequently completed his Masters of Business Administration from Mercer in 2013 and now serves as Senior Research Engineer with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) as Branch Head and Program Manager.
A Registered Professional Engineer (PE) with the State of Georgia, Chris was also an Adjunct Professor with Middle Georgia Technical College from 2008 to 2011, teaching several courses in the Computer Information Systems department and an Adjunct Professor with Mercer University from 2010 – 2012, teaching courses in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
Chris serves as the treasurer of the Kennesaw Girls Softball Association. He and his wife Danielle have two daughters, Emma and Abby. He enjoys playing and coaching slow-pitch softball, playing disc golf, and creating, cooking and eating grill and smoker recipes.
Council Post 5
Term Expires 2021
Nimesh, a Kennesaw resident since 2000, grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver. He currently serves as an Assistant Vice President & Managing Counsel with Unum Group and leads a team of attorneys and compliance professionals that specialize in insurance and employee benefits law, including the ERISA, tax and commercial laws applicable to employer-sponsored welfare benefit plans and worksite insurance offerings. Prior to joining Unum Group, Nimesh was in private practice where he advised his clients on all aspects of the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans, executive compensation plans and the related funding vehicles. Nimesh also provided advice on various employee benefit issues arising in corporate acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations.
Nimesh has remained active throughout the community as evidenced through his participation with his HOA and numerous school Foundations, many of which he helped establish. He also served as a member of the Kennesaw Development Authority and License Review Board.
Nimesh and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters.