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The City of Griffin has operated under the Commission / City Manager form of government since 1918 with E. P. Bridges being the first City Manager. By Charter, the City Manager serves as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners is the administrative and fiscal head of the city’s government. The City manager directs and supervises the administration of all city departments, sees that all laws and ordinances are faithfully executed and performed; prepares and submits a proposed annual budget and financial reports; and provides for the effective and efficient operations of the entire city. The City Manager also provides leadership and direction to Department Directors for all aspects of City projects and concerns. 

To fulfill these responsibilities, the City Manager is assisted by an administrative staff, six Department Directors, 460 employees and various boards and authorities.

Kenny Smith has been the Griffin City Manager since March 15, 2004 and has been employed in local government since 1982 when he joined the Jackson Police Department as a police officer. After working in all areas of local law enforcement including nine years as Chief of Police in Morrow, he joined the City of Griffin as City Manager. He is an alumni of Gordon College, holds a Bachelors Degree from Mercer University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange. He has served as President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and as an Executive Board member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is Past-President of the Kiwanis Club of Griffin, a former member of the Jackson Kiwanis Club and was named Butts County’s “Man of the Year” at age 25. He is an active member of the Georgia City / County Managers Association and the International City /County Manager’s Association. He has served on the Adjunct Faculty of Georgia Military College, Clayton State University and Columbus State University, and has taught management and leadership classes to professional organizations on the state and national level.

Kenny is married to Stefini Smith and they have three children and six grandchildren and live in Griffin.


Kenny L. Smith



Teresa Watson

Executive Assistant




Your Elected Officials

Commissioner Hollberg

Douglas S. Holberg
City at Large
Contact: 770-229-6103

Cynthia Reid Ward

Cynthia Ward
District 1
Contact: 770-228-2842


Cora Flowers

Cora Flowers
District 2
Contact: 678-603-2116

Ryan Mclemore

Ryan Mclemore
District 3
Contact: 770-229-3700

David Brock

David Brock
District 4
Contact: 770-227-4984

Richard "Dick" Morrow

Dick Morrow
District 5
Contact: 770-412-7081

Rodney Mccord

Rodney Mccord
District 6
Contact: 770-365-5161



In the Beginning

In 1840, the first city government of Griffin was founded by General Lewis Lawrence Griffin, and was authorized in 1843 when the General Assembly of Georgia granted it a charter. The charter was accepted locally in 1844 and the first municipal government was established in 1845.

This new municipal government consisted of a Board of Commissioners with Major Henry Moor, an attorney, acting as chairman. After serving later as mayor, Major Moore, with William Dewberry, represented Spalding County at the Secession Convention where both men voted to secede from the Union.

The form of government changed in 1850 to Mayor and City Council with Alexander Moore designated as the first mayor of Griffin. This form of government was followed until December 10, 1918 with J. Woods Hammond being the last mayor.

At that time, Griffin inaugurated a three member commission with one member serving as chairman and providing for a city manager to be employed by the Board of Commissioners. The first city commission was composed of J. W. Gresham, Chairman, R. F. Strickland, Vice-Chairman, and B. B. Brown, Commissioner. The first City of Griffin City Manager was E. P. Bridges.

Profile of the Government

The City of Griffin, was incorporated in 1843, is located in the central portion of the state and currently occupies a land area of 14.1 square miles and a population of just over 23,000 people. The City of Griffin is empowered to levy a property tax on both real and personal properties location within its boundaries. It is also empowered by the State to extend its corporate limits by annexation, which occurs periodically when deemed appropriate by the governing Board.

The City of Griffin operates under a City Manager/Board of Commissioners form of government. Policy making and legislative authority are vested in the governing council, which consists of seven Commissioners. The governing council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting budgets, appointing committees, and hiring both the City's manager and legal council. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the day to day operations of government and for appointing the heads of the various departments. The Board is elected on a non-partisan basis, and serves staggered terms. Elections are held every two years with three Commissioners on one cycle and four Commissioners the next cycle. The Chairperson is elected by the Board and serves for one year.

The City of Griffin provides a full range of services, including police and fire protection; the construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and other infrastructure; and recreational and cultural activities, including an eighteen hole golf course; and a municipal airport. Also, the City provides water, wastewater, electric, sanitation and stormwater runoff services through its enterprise funds, which function, in essence, as departments of the City.

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