U. S. Army, 2 years.
Honorably discharged as Specialist E-5
Mayor Harvey Persons grew up in Waycross, GA where he attended Waycross High School. As a young man he was very involved with athletics as well as the Boy Scouts. His educational background includes studies at North Georgia Military College, DeKalb Junior College and Georgia State University where he majored in Business. He served in the Military and received his honorable discharge as Specialist E-5 with the US Army in 1970.
Mayor Persons is a retired businessman with over 35 years of experience. During his business career, he received many Business and Sales Achievement awards. He served on the Douglasville City Council for almost 7 years beginning in 1989 and held positions as Mayor Pro Tem, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and the Chairman of the Personnel Committee. Additionally, he chaired the City’s Planning & Zoning Board for 5 years. He was on the Douglas County Planning and Zoning Board for seven years- 4 years as Vice-Chairman; before becoming Mayor of the City of Douglasville in January of 2012.
He is currently on the board of the Douglasville Water & Sewer Authority (WSA), the Douglas County Development Authority (DCDA), the City of Douglasville Development Authority (CDDA), the Cobb & Douglas Board of Health (CDPH), the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) where he serves on the Transportation (TAQC) Committee, is a member of the Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee for ARC and serves on the Executive Board for the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayor’s Association (MAMA). He also serves on the board for the Georgia Academy of Economic Development (GAED) as the GMA representative. He has been appointed President of GMA District 3 – West on GMA’s Board of Directors, board member to GMA’s Legislative Policy Council and in July 2014 was appointed by Governor Deal to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV). Most recently, he was asked to join the GMA Member Services Task Force.
His dedication to service in his community extends to his role as a Sunday School Teacher at Central Baptist Church. He has also served on various community boards including Habitat for Humanity, Council for Battered Women and worked as a mentor through the Douglas County Mentor Program and was one of the original founding board members of the Douglas County Community Character Coalition where he served as Vice-Chairman for 10 years.
He and his wife of 37 years, Sherrie Persons, have called Douglasville/ Douglas County their home since 1978. They have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren.