Mayor & City Council
The governing authority of Peachtree City is the Mayor and City Council, consisting of five elected members who serve 4-year terms. While all five members are elected at large (serving the entire city), all must reside within Peachtree City. At their first meeting each calendar year the Mayor Pro-Tem is selected by the City Council.
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151 Willowbend Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269
In their policy-making capacity, the City Council is authorized to perform the following functions:
- Allocate taxes levied by Fayette County
- Establish Millage rate for the City of Peachtree City
- Direct and control all property located within Peachtree City
- Establish, alter or abolish Peachtree City roads and bridges
- Fill vacancies in Peachtree City offices unless others are empowered to do so
- Examine, settle and allow claims against the City of Peachtree City
- Examine and audit the accounts of all officers having the care, management, keeping, collection or disbursement of money belonging to the City of Peachtree City
- Establish the costs of licenses
- Make such rules and regulations as necessary for the protection and preservation of health, safety, welfare and morals
Mayor Vanessa Fleisch was reelected to a second term in 2017. Her focus throughout both her term on the Peachtree City Council and as Mayor has been on infrastructure across the city.
The new three-stage piano key weir spillway, a much-needed piece of infrastructure that will protect life and property for decades to come, was completed in October of 2018. The golf cart paths, streets and stormwater pipes across the city have received maintenance to keep Peachtree City beautiful, safe and functional.
Drake Field has received its own renaissance as it is now being used as a much needed centralized meeting place for our community. The Night Market is the type of community event that was intended for this facility.
The Mayor and her family have been residents of Peachtree City since 1991. She originally hails from Vineland, New Jersey. Mayor Fleisch graduated from The American University’s School of International Service with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Communications. She went on to become a producer for CNN and CNN International. Upon leaving CNN, she became a Realtor here in Peachtree City. She and her husband Michael, who is a Director for Turner Broadcasting, have two grown sons John and Christian.
Favorite things about Peachtree City:
I love the sense of community that is an intrinsic part of living in Peachtree City.
Council Member - Post 1
Phil was elected to his first term on City Council in November 2015. He has lived in Peachtree City since 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Phil has volunteered as a coach for the J.C. Booth Middle School Science Olympiad, Peachtree City Youth Soccer and Peachtree City Youth Basketball organizations. He has served on the Brookfield Homeowner’s Association, the Peachtree City Needs Assessment Committee, and the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Presently, he volunteers for the Drug Free Fayette coalition and the Oak Grove Elementary Homework House.
Growing up in Lakeland, Florida, Phil began his aviation career with Piper Aircraft. This path continued with various positions at Eastern and Delta Airlines. In 1994, Phil formed Routine Maintenance, a remodeling repair company. Soon he teamed up with his brother, Paul, to expand this business. Several years later the brothers founded Routine Holdings, an investment company based in Peachtree City.
Phil lost his wife Lali to breast cancer in 2019. He is committed to their three grown children who are all happy and healthy. He lives in Braelinn Village and attends Southside Church.
Favorite things about Peachtree City:
I am thankful to be living where so many families have the same values and appreciation for our planned community. Living in Peachtree City is like being at a resort where the abundant amenities, including recreation, low crime, golf courses and golf cart paths, all contribute to our quality of life and the sense of community found in Peachtree City.
Council Member - Post 2
During the summer of 1987, Mike, a career military officer, and his wife Shirley transferred to the Atlanta area from Wiesbaden, Germany. While still living in Europe, they took a week long house hunting trip to Peachtree City - that was enough to convince the Kings to make Peachtree City their home. Little did we know that some thirty-two years later, it would still be home!
Mike is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina. From there, he was inducted into the US Army in the spring of 1969, commissioned in the spring of 1970, completed rotary wing flight training in the summer of 1971, prior to being deployed to South Viet Nam as a scout pilot for two separate air cavalry units. These two assignments ranged from the lofty mountain ridges along the Demilitarized zone in the north, to the flat expanse of the Mekong Delta in the South.
His career continued in both aviation and ground assignments within the United States and overseas, culminating as the Commander of Troops at Ft. McPherson/Gillem, until his retirement in 1993. Follow-on vocations included commercial fleet sales with Ford Motor Company and as a contracted planner for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Two volunteer programs, Meals on Wheels and mentoring young boys without dads, Mike considers time well spent since his full retirement in 2011. Additionally, he must include his frequent workout sessions at Fitness 54! Last, but not the least of which, serving on the Peachtree City Council for the past five years have proven to be most rewarding.
Mike and Shirley are the parents of three grown children and the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.
Favorite things about Peachtree City: Without question, the golf cart lifestyle, the friendliness of the residents, & the close-knit community.
Council Member - Post 3
Council Member Kevin Madden was elected to City Council Post 3 in 2017, and was sworn into his first term of office on January 4, 2018. He has been married for 35 years to Kim, a Fayette County teacher, and they have three sons. The Maddens have been residents of Peachtree City since 1997, and their boys all attended Fayette County schools.
Madden attended St. John’s University School of Education, in New York, where he volunteered in a program to help bring underprivileged children to grade level in reading skills. After leaving college, Madden coached his CYO basketball team of 17-18 year olds, to two consecutive division playoffs. He continuously participated in his community’s sports programs with his sons and was a certified baseball, soccer, and hockey coach in Fayette County.
Since joining the air cargo industry in 1972, Madden has been involved in export transportation sales and operations, managing branches in New York City, Rochester, and Miami. He transferred to Georgia in 1995 and in 1998 started his own business, Global Airlift Services, where he continues to serve as its chief executive officer. Madden has served on the board of the “Atlanta Air Cargo Association” as treasurer, vice president, president, and chair.
In Peachtree City, Kevin has served as the vice president and the president of the Kiwanis Golden K Club. He is a lector and Eucharistic minister at Holy Trinity Church. However, his main passions are history and politics.
Favorite things about Peachtree City:
Our wonderful recreational opportunities and our superior sports venues.
Council Member - Post 4
Terry Ernst was elected to City Council Post 4 in 2013, and is now serving his second term. He has lived in Peachtree City since 1989 and is retired from both the United States Army and the Peachtree City Police Department.
Terry has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University in St. Augustine, Florida. He has also completed numerous business and management courses while serving with the Army and the Police Department.
Terry and his wife, Joan, who is also a retired Army officer and retired nurse, have enjoyed living in Peachtree City since 1990. Their son, Tony, and their two grandchildren also reside in Peachtree City. Terry also has a daughter, Ami, who lives in Terry's hometown of Sioux City, Iowa.
Terry is currently the president of the Peachtree City Optimist Club, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Peachtree City Christian Church.