Mayor & Council

Mayor Motley Broom

Bianca Motley Broom, Mayor

Bianca Motley Broom was sworn in as the 27th mayor of College Park, Georgia in January 2020. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has lived in College Park since 2008. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as mayor of College Park.  

Mayor Motley Broom is deeply committed to building the community College Park’s citizens deserve. She is passionate about creating more opportunities for resident engagement and collaboration, improving educational outcomes, bolstering economic development and embracing fiscally sound and sustainable practices to ensure the city’s continued growth. 

She is the chair of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Municipal Government Policy Committee and is a member of GMA’s Legislative and Federal Policy Councils. Mayor Motley Broom serves on several other GMA committees, including the COVID-19 Advisory Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the newly formed Equity and Inclusion Commission.  

A conflict resolution specialist, Mayor Motley Broom is a registered arbitrator, civil mediator and domestic relations mediator in Georgia. From 2017-2019, she served as a part-time judge in Fulton County Magistrate Court. Prior to her appointment the bench, she was a trial attorney and litigator for nearly fifteen years.  

Mayor Motley Broom earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies and Religion from Duke University and her Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law. She completed her MBA with honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. 

Being active in the community is an integral a part of Mayor Motley Broom’s life. She served as board president of The Main Street Academy and was a member of the board of the Historic College Park Neighborhood Association. She volunteers in various capacities throughout the area including with Wholesome Wave Georgia and Hosea Helps. Mayor Motley Broom is a member of several professional organizations, including the State Bar of Georgia, the Gate City Bar Association, Mediators Beyond Borders and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals – Georgia Chapter.  

In her free time, she enjoys pottery, swimming, reading and spending time with her husband and her three dogs.

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Mr. Clay

Ambrose Clay, Ward I

Ambrose Clay was sworn in as Ward I Councilman on Monday, January 7, 2008. Councilman Clay is no stranger to politics, having served as a school board member of the Glen Ellyn School District 89, of DuPage County, Illinois. He was later elected President of that board.

Councilman Clay holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from M.I.T., a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, and has numerous hours of post-graduate management training.

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Joe Carn

Joe Carn, Ward II

Councilman Carn has been one of the region’s most experienced and trusted servant leaders. Since 2003 Carn established a “partnership of protection” with his community. This has taken Joe from a local activist to City Councilman, to Vice-Mayor of College Park, to Fulton County Commissioner. 

Taking pride in challenging the status quo, Carn’s leadership changed the Federal Aviation Administration’s FAR-150 policy to include sound insulation for multi-family apartments within College Park. Elected in 2005 as the youngest city official, Joe convinced all four of his seasoned colleagues to acquire the 30 acres of property surrounding the GICC within his district, turning 4 nays into 4 yeas. Joe pushed to lower the city curfew from midnight back to 8pm for children and worked to have College Park designated a “Drug-Free Zone” by the State. Vice-Mayor Carn then personally lobbied the Georgia Legislature and Governor to bring home the DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) a hotel-motel tax for College Park, generating an additional 2 million dollars per year in new revenues. In 2013 he was the 1st councilmember to ever provide over $70,000 in utility assistance for seniors. Joe Carn then held the 1st Gun Buyback event in College Park history, taking nearly 200 guns off the street, and then led the effort to build the GICC Arena and secured a lasting partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and NBA. To provide for our youth, Joe partnered with local non-profits to secure funding for 4 new community playground parks throughout the city.

Joe Carn was elected Fulton County Commissioner and served from 2019 until January of 2021. Commissioner Carn administered and managed the county’s 1.2 billion-dollar budget. Working with our Federal officials, Joe approved over 200 million additional dollars in Federal Cares Act Funding for the 1.2 million residents he represented. Carn secured funding for a Senior Center in South Fulton, personally distributed over 40,000 facemasks, designated Juneteenth a countywide paid holiday, worked non-stop through the 1st stages of the COVID pandemic to find an additional $30 million dollars for our 15 cities and partnered with Mayor and Council to secure additional CDBG funding for his hometown of College Park. 

Joe Carn has been a major force in Georgia politics for the past 20 years. He is responsible for catapulting no fewer than 28 individuals into elected office as a seasoned campaign manager, political consultant, and skilled coordinator. 

Over his 14 years in elected office, Joe has led complex intergovernmental litigation and policy initiatives with the City of Atlanta, MEAG power, the Federal Aviation Administration, MARTA, and many others. Additionally, Joe serves on the board of directors for Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta and was the only African American board member of N.O.I.S.E. Carn also served as the GA State Director of YEO, (Young Elected Officials Network) and has been invited to the White House on three occasions including policy meetings with the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama. He served as the Deputy of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Liaison for the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office and now is a specialist for community outreach with Fulton County Courts and a small business owner. Joe is a graduate Benjamin Mays High School in Atlanta, DeVry Institute of Technology and completed leadership studies at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.

As a devoted husband to his wife Pamela, and father of three, Joe enjoys woodworking, piano, and bike riding.

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    Councilman Allen                 

Ken Allen, Ward III

Ken Allen was born in Ft. Benning Georgia and grew up in Lexington Kentucky. He attended Ga. Tech on a football scholarship and graduated with a B.S. Degree.

Upon graduation, went to work for Delta Airlines and spent 25 years as System Manager of Employment and 10 years as a Manager in Airport Customer Service.  After retiring from Delta, Ken worked for Airport Service International Group and spent ten years in Finance, Budgeting and Forecasting.

Ken is married with 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  He has been a resident of College Park GA. Since 1993 (27 years). 

Ken has served the City of College Park for 25 years in several capacities.  He is a former Councilman, has served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, and been a Board Director for the College Park Housing Authority, as well as, the District Marketing Organization.  He believes in giving back to the community through service

His interest include, bicycling, travel and working outside.  Says the best sound in the world is children’s laughter. 

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Mr. Gay

Roderick Gay, Ward IV

Roderick Gay was sworn in as Ward IV Councilman on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in College Park Council Chambers. The husband and father of three is an 18-year resident, and has a deep family history in College Park that includes his great-grandmother and grandfather, who were loyal citizens.

Gay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University, and a Master's of Public Administration from DePaul University. He serves as Executive Director of a non-profit, and teaches on a part-time basis.

His interest in public service stems from his desire to solve the needs of the local community, while offering guidance to maintain a credible, visionary outlook for the city as a whole.

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