Metro Atlanta comprises 60-plus cities; each month we introduce one municipality and its mayor.
Since winning the 2008 election, septuagenarian Doris A. Jones has been mayor (annual pay: $4,600) of Waleska, a scenic city of 640 residents in northwest Cherokee County. Jones takes pride in Waleska’s main attractions: Reinhardt University and nearby Lake Arrowhead.
State of the city:
We are growing. We have Subway, Dollar General, a grocery store, a beauty salon.
It’s just a quiet city. Everybody knows everybody. If somebody’s in trouble, the entire town will help.
Where she takes visitors:
Reinhardt has an awesome place—Falany Performing Arts Center. We have plays and a beautiful music department.
I was in long-term healthcare for 42 years. Then [in retirement] I thought I would give back to the community. I started attending city council meetings. I was put on a couple of committees, and all of a sudden I was running for mayor.
I never married; I married my career. I love what I do. I’ve never worked a day being mayor.
This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.