U.S. Navy Veteran & current Mayor Kenneth E. Smith, Sr. is a native of Kingsland, Georgia. Mayor Smith served sixteen years as Councilman for the City of Kingsland. He has continued to win the support of the community over the years as he was elected as Mayor in January of 2002.
In 2008, Mayor Smith served as President of the Georgia Municipal Association. Currently he serves on the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors, the Legislative Committee, the Budget Committee, member of the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefit System and Worker’s Compensation Self-Insurance Fund Board of Trustees.
Mayor Smith also served on Georgia Municipal Association’s Revenue and Finance Committee, District 12 President, Dues and Revenue Study Subcommittee, Municipal Operations Committee, and the Resolutions Committee.Mayor Smith has earned four certificates of achievement and excellence after completing hours of municipal training at the Harold F. Holt Municipal Training Institute for elected officials.
He presently serves as chairman of the PSA (Public Service Authority), of Camden County, a member of the Elks Lodge of Camden County, and serves as an executive board member of the Coastal Regional Transportation Roundtable.
In the past, he served as board member for CMAP (Coastal Medical Access Project), member of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and served as vice chairman of the Public Service Authority of Camden County.
Mayor Smith has been a strong advocate for smart growth, sustainability and energy efficiency since he has taken office. He was a recent speaker at the national US EPA New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Brownfields 2011 Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
The Mayor oversaw the recent installation of a state-of-the-art $13 million dollar wastewater treatment facility. This facility doubled our wastewater capacity yet is very cost efficient. It is beautifully landscaped and returns clean water back to the St Mary's River.
Mayor Smith is a lifelong member of the First African Missionary Baptist Church in Kingsland actively serves as a board officer for the church. He also serves as Vice President for the Zion Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress.
He graduated from Ralph Johnson Bunche in 1965. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy where he served three tours in Vietnam. He married with three children.
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