Regina Russell has been serving as the City Clerk of Acworth since October 2004.
Prior to relocating to Georgia, Ms. Russell began her local government experience in Miami-Dade County, Florida, at the City of North Bay Village Public Works Department as a Clerk Typist for three years. Thereafter, Ms. Russell worked for the Village of El Portal as Assistant Village Clerk, Village Clerk, and Village Clerk/Interim Village Manager for approximately 11 years.
In September 2010, Ms. Russell became the 26th in the state of Georgia to receive her Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Certification through the Georgia Municipal Clerks/Finance Officers Association (GMC/FOA) and in May 2011, she became the fourth in the state of Georgia to receive her Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) Certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerk (IIMC). In 2012, Ms. Russell was recognized by GMC/FOA as “Clerk of the Year” for outstanding achievement, dedication and loyalty, and in 2017, was elected by the Board to serve as the District III Director for Greater Metro Atlanta.
Ms. Russell is married to husband Joseph, and has three children, Matthew, Joshua, and Jessica, and grandson Josiah. Ms. Russell is an active member of Mount Olivet Baptist in Acworth, Georgia where she serves on the leadership committee and as the treasurer. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Ms. Russell counts it a blessing to be a public servant and enjoys serving the citizens and elected officials, as well as working with staff and employees of Acworth. Ms. Russell thanks God for allowing her the opportunity to gain experience and work in municipal government for the past 26+ years.
City Clerk’s Office
Appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the City Clerk is responsible for providing the assistance to the elected, as well as the City Manager in the administration of city offices. The City Clerk attends public meetings and records minutes of the Board, serves as the superintendent of municipal elections, process and maintains open records requests, maintains city records to include, but is not limited to; minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and agreements, and cemetery deeds. The City Clerk is the official custodian of records and the city seal. Additionally, the City Clerk oversees the clerk’s office, administration of court services, Liberty Hill Cemetery, alcohol and occupational licensing and taxes, and maintains information for hotel/motel tax collections, with the assistance of the Deputy City Clerk.
Liberty Hill Cemetery
Liberty Hill Cemetery is located on Cemetery Road just off north Main Street and is owned and operated by the City of Acworth under the supervision of the City Clerk’ Office and Parks and Recreation. The cost is $1,000 per plot for city residents and $1,500 per plot for non-city residents. The Interment (burial permit) fee is $100. For further information or to purchase a lot, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (770) 974-3112.
Election and Voter Information
Terms for elected officials are four years, with elections being held every two years in November for odd numbered years. Election Qualifying is held in August in the year of an election. The candidate who receives a majority of the votes for office shall be declared elected. If a candidate does not receive a majority of the vote, a run-off election is required. To be eligible for an elected office in Acworth, a person must be 21 years of age and meet the requirements of a qualified voter as prescribed by state law, and must be a resident of Acworth one year prior to qualifying for office. Elected officials take office at the first regular meeting in January after an election. Please visit the Acworth Code of Ordinances (City Charter) at www.acworth.org for more election information.
Roberts School, 4681 School Street, Acworth, GA, serves as the polling place for Acworth municipal elections. Voters must be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote. Voter registration applications are processed through the county and may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office, 4415 Senator Russell Avenue, Acworth, GA 30101 or Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration, 736 Whitlock Avenue, #400, Marietta, GA 30064.
There will be no General Election for the City of Acworth on November 7, 2017, due to incumbents for Mayor, Alderman Post 4, and Alderman Post 5 qualifying unopposed.