Ward 1 (NW) – Current term expires
December 31, 2021
Gerald D. Byrd, Carrollton native, was elected to the City Council in 2001 to fill the unexpired term of deceased Councilmember Anne Sheppard and was re-elected to that post to begin a full term in January 2002. Mr. Byrd is a graduate of the Atlanta College of Art at the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. He served as a long-term substitute teacher at the Carrollton Junior High School and under a grant from the Department of Juvenile Justice developed and implemented an award winning after school program for adolescents. Councilmember Byrd is very active in local youth programs, serving as the head of the Youth Department of the First Baptist Church in Bowdon. He is a member of the Carroll County Mentor Program and directs a summer enrichment camp for the Carrollton Junior High School. He is also involved with a weekend youth program sponsored by the Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Family Connection and the Carrollton Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department.
Councilmember Byrd ran unopposed for the Ward 1 (NW) Councilmember post in November 2005 and was re-elected to four additional terms. He was elected Mayor Pro-Tem by the Mayor and Council for the calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018.