The Ball Ground City Council consists of five members elected at large by the residents of Ball Ground. In order to qualify as a candidate for office, an individual must be at least 18 years old and have been a resident of the City of Ball Ground for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the date of qualification. Each post is elected City wide, and a candidate may simply choose which post number they wish to seek election to. Council terms are for four years.
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Scott Barnes, Council Member — Post #1
Sworn In: 2023
Scott Barnes and his wife Judy have lived in the City of Ball Ground since 2001.
Scott and his wife have two grown daughters who both grew up in Ball Ground. Scott is retired from Leadership at Publix Supermarkets after 43 years of service. Scott is currently a member of the Cherokee County Planning Commission which he been involved with for the past 14 years representing the City of Ball Ground. Scott has been involved across Cherokee County in various roles of community service since 1997. Scott’s passions are hiking, fly fishing, and spending time with family. Scott is a member of Orange United Methodist Church located in the Lathemtown community.
Annette Homiller, Council Member — Post #2
Sworn In: 2023
Annette and her husband Dan live in the historic Stripling-Lovelady-Homiller house. They have two adult sons that they raised in Cary, North Carolina, two precious daughters-in-law, and one precious granddaughter. Having lived in New Mexico, New Jersey, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Brussels, Belgium before coming to Georgia for college; Annette brings a unique perspective to the City Council. She graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986.
Annette regularly volunteers in the Ball Ground Care Closet—a clothing and food pantry inside the Ball Ground Elementary School. She is an active member of the Ball Ground Garden Club. Besides gardening, her other hobbies are sewing, crocheting, crafting, doing puzzles, reading, biking, and hiking. Annette also enjoys walking her dog, Sheba, a miniature Australian labradoodle.
Vicki Benefield — Post #3
Sworn In: 2021
Mrs. Benefield was sworn in on November 18, 2021 to fill an unexpired Post #3 City Council seat.
Vicki and her husband, Bob first moved to Ball Ground in 2003, moving into the city in 2016. She has been an active volunteer within Cherokee County since 1991 and has been involved with many charities. As an entrepreneur, she developed an in-depth knowledge of research, writing, and maintaining government and private grants. As a former congressional representative, Vicki is experienced in working with constituents and assisting them in resolving any issues they had. She brings experience, conservative values, commitment, and a keen desire to serve the people in our city. “I am not a politician; I am a citizen who genuinely cares about Ball Ground and the people who live and work here.”
Council Member Benefield is a member of the Downtown Development Authority, Chair of the Roads, Streets and Sidewalks Committee and Co-Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
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Kristine Rogers, Council Member — Post #4
Sworn In: 2022
Kristine and her husband, Donald, moved to Ball Ground in 2006. They currently reside in the Historic District in downtown. Kristine and Donald have two daughters, Alexis and Courtney. Alexis works at Northside Cherokee Hospital, and Courtney is a police officer. In 1990, Kristine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Kristine worked as a Finance Director for a private college in Tampa, Florida. Since then, Kristine has been involved in various aspects of community outreach and volunteer work within the communities she has resided. Kristine has the best interest of both the citizens and the city in mind, and she looks forward to serving the community.
Council Member Rogers is the Chair of the Public Safety Committee and the Co-Chair of the Finance, Insurance and Personnel Committee.
Dennis Nelson, Council Member — Post #5
Sworn In: 2022
Dennis and his wife, Dawn live in the Mountain Brooke North subdivision. They have lived in Cherokee County for 28 years and four years in Ball Ground. They have two grown boys on their own now. One is a high school science and biology teacher and the other is a former combat United States Marine veteran. They have three grandchildren.
Dennis has a 43-year career in law enforcement and has held top executive positions with several Georgia law enforcement agencies including police chief. Currently, he oversees a department of 165 full-time employees in the areas of corrections, code enforcement, and refuse control.
Council Member Nelson is the Mayor Pro-Tem, Chair of the Water, Sewer, and Sanitation Committee and the Co-Chair of the Public Safety Committee.