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. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as mayor of College Park. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has lived in College Park since 2008. 

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. Mayor Motley Broom is also working to bolster economic development and embrace fiscally sound and sustainable practices to ensure the city’s continued growth.  

Even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, under Mayor Motley Broom’s leadership College Park has continued to thrive. Main Street has seen tremendous growth with visitors coming from across the region to dine and shop. The city has embraced innovative strategies such as converting parking spaces along Main Street into parklets for more outdoor seating to support business during the pandemic while also tackling pivotal issues like housing affordability. Mayor Motley Broom has championed new housing developments in areas of the city plagued by a generation of disinvestment. Those efforts have paid off through projects such as South Park Cottages (a tiny home community) and Somersby (a mixed use/mixed income development adjacent to North Clayton Middle School). The Diamond @ College Park, a partnership with the College Park First United Methodist Church, recently broke ground near the College Park MARTA station, which will bring additional residents to a vibrant part of the city, along with an arts campus.

Mayor Motley Broom’s advocacy in the area of housing affordability and access has been recognized both statewide and nationally. In January 2022, she testified before the Georgia House Judiciary Committee regarding House Bill 1093, legislation that would have limited the ability of local governments to regulate build-to-rent subdivisions in their communities. She is a sought-after speaker on institutional investors and their impact on the housing market, having been invited by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National League of Cities (NLC) and others to share her views on the issue.

She has led the city’s efforts for equitable and inclusive development, spearheading the city’s participation in NLC programs such as the Vacant Property Leadership Institute and the Southern Cities Economic Inclusion Initiative. Through these experiences and others, Mayor Motley Broom has been able to bring innovative ideas back to College Park that have improved the level of service for residents, visitors and businesses alike. She regularly interacts with her colleagues in other communities to help improve the quality of life in College Park.

Mayor Motley Broom is the Third Vice President of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). She is also chair of GMA’s Member Services Advisory Council.  She previously served as chair of the GMA Municipal Government Policy Committee and is a member of GMA’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Legislative Policy Council and Federal Policy Council. In 2021, she was elected Vice President of GMA’s Third District, Southwest and served as its President in 2022. She has served on several other GMA committees, including the Governor’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, GMA’s Equity and Inclusion Commission and the GMA Hall of Fame selection committee.  With her co-chair, Chief Louis M. Dekmar of the LaGrange Police Department, she led GMA’s Excellence in Policing committee, providing a roadmap for communities across the state to improve public safety outcomes. She is also the Vice President of the South Fulton Municipal Association. Mayor Motley Broom served on NLC’s Community & Economic Development Committee from 2020-2021 and is currently a member of NLC’s Public Safety and Crime Prevention Federal Advocacy Committee.

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

Mayor Motley Broom earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies and Religion from Duke University. She also minored in African and African-American Studies. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Washington University School of Law, where her commitment to public service was recognized by her designation as a Webster Society Scholar. She received an MBA with honors and earned certificates in Strategy and Execution, Change Management and Management Analytics from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. 

In 2022, she was named as one of the Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. Mayor Motley Broom has also been recognized by both the 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta, Inc. and the College Park Black History Month Committee with their Trailblazer awards. 

An enthusiastic amateur potter, Mayor Motley Broom has sold her work at several local arts festivals. She also enjoys spending time with her family, her three dogs, swimming and reading. She is a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and the granddaughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback Marion Motley.

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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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