About Teresa

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected as the 69th Mayor of Columbus, Georgia on November 30, 2010 with 68% of the vote. On January 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city's first female mayor.

Since taking office, Mayor Tomlinson worked with, and received the unanimous support of, the City Council for comprehensive Employee Pension Reform. Mayor Tomlinson convened a broad coalition of stakeholders in a collaborative effort to reform the City's pension plan, which reform is expected to save the taxpayers $25 million over 15 years, while still protecting the retirement benefits of Columbus' hardworking employees.

Mayor Tomlinson has instituted a Copper Theft Task Force, which has resulted in a sustained 47% decrease in copper theft in Columbus, Georgia since May 2011. She called in the Georgia Department of Corrections to investigate and audit the Muscogee County Prison and set about a course of reform to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the prison and to increase Correctional Officer morale. She also has improved the city's Tax Assessor's Office, which was suffering from lengthy backlogs in complicated assessments, placing some $32 million in previously unassessed properties back on the tax rolls.

Mayor Tomlinson appointed and led a volunteer Alcohol Ordinance Advisory Board and worked with the city's ten-person City Council to update and broaden Columbus' alcohol laws to encourage innovation, growth and job creation, while protecting neighborhoods and citizens. Through her leadership, the Columbus Animal Care and Control Center developed the Save-A-Pet program, which has dramatically increased (400%) the city's pet adoption rate and dramatically decreased the city's euthanasia rate to well below state and national averages.

Other successes during Mayor Tomlinson's mayoral administration include:

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus. For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm's only female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as Executive Director of MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community renewal organization.

Mayor Tomlinson is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia, a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta. Mayor Tomlinson was the 2011 recipient of the Sweet Briar College Distinguished Alumnae Award. In August 2012, Mayor Tomlinson was an invited presenter at the James Blanchard Leadership Forum. Mayor Tomlinson is an At-Large member of the Georgia Municipal Association Board. In 2013, Mayor Tomlinson was named one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" by Georgia Trend Magazine.

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   Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected as the 69th Mayor of Columbus, Georgia on November 30, 2010 with 68% of the vote. On January 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city's first female mayor. During her time as Mayor, Tomlinson has successfully taken on issues ranging from comprehensive Employee Pension Plan Reform to reforming the Muscogee County Prison after prior mismanagement. For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm's only female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as Executive Director of MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community renewal organization. She is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia, a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus.