Council Members and Council Districts

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Sandy Springs is divided into six council districts, with Mayor and City Council members elected every four years.  To find out which district you reside in, look for your residence on the map of council districts.

City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, taking place at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500.  Check the public meetings calendar for dates and agendas. 


John Paulson - District 1

John Paulson is a registered professional engineer who has lived in Sandy Springs for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in supporting the City’s bid for incorporation as part of the Committee for Sandy Springs. He served on the RFP committee which supervised the bid process for the City’s general government services, ultimately saving the City nearly $7 million dollars a year when compared to the original contracts.

Mr. Paulson currently serves as President of Dison Contracting and Supply, a consulting firm specializing in geosynthetics and reinforced soil structure design and construction. He has had an active career in geosynthetics and the geotextiles fields, working for Exxon Chemical, Nicolon, and working as a an engineering consultant within the civil engineering community worldwide. 

His volunteerism includes service with the American Legion Post 190, and as past president of the Northridge Community Association and as a board member of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association.

The Chicago native earned his degree in engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Councilman Paulson is a Vietnam veteran and served as an infantryman. He and his wife Mary have two children, Stephanie and Jeffrey.


Ken Dishman - District 2KenDishman

Councilman Dishman is e 20 year veteran of the software industry, much of that time helping Silicon Valley startups come to market in the Southeast region.

Mr. Dishman acquired an MBA with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Strategic Marketing from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Florida.

A resident of Sandy Springs since 2002, Mr. Dishman is a member of Leadership Sandy Springs and a former board member of Sandy Springs Youth Sports, including two years as President. He remains passionate about coaching youth sports, including girls fastpitch softball and girls basketball.

Councilman Dishman lives in Princeton Falls with his wife Shannon and their three daughters.


Chris Burnett - District 3 Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett has been a community banker for more than 35 years, and in 2013 along with the late Mayor Eva Galambos and other community leaders, formed the Bank of Sandy Springs to serve the financial needs of Sandy Springs' small business owners and residents.  

Mr. Burnett is an Atlanta native who has lived in Sandy Springs for almost 25 years.  After working his way through college as a bank teller and earning his Finance Degree from Georgia State University, he attended the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. 

Mr. Burnett has been active within the community most recently serving on the City’s Next Ten Planning Committee. He served twice as Board Chairman of the Sandy Springs / Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Holy Innocents’ School Board of Trustees, Sandy Springs Civic Fund, Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and was a member of the Sandy Spring Conservancy Board.

Another passion for Mr. Burnett is music, and he is a well-known local musician, with is band performing at many charity events over the years including in the Sandy Springs Festival, the Sandy Springs Society, and the Heritage Concert Series.  

Burnett and his wife Karen have two children, Christopher and Greyson, and live in Rivershore Estates.


Gabriel Sterling - District 4GabrielSterling

Councilman Sterling was at the forefront of creating the City of Sandy Springs. He was one of the members of the Committee for Sandy Springs and served as co-chairman of the Sandy Springs Referendum Committee. Once the referendum to create the city passed, Sterling served as chairman of the Sandy Springs Fire/EMS Transition Task Force and as one of the five negotiators representing Sandy Springs in the transition with Fulton County, along with Mayor Eva Galambos.

Mr. Sterling served Sandy Springs as a stakeholder with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan efforts. He currently serves as vice chairman of the local charity organization, The Sandy Springs Challenge, which raises money for Sandy Springs through sporting events. He led efforts to bring Livestrong’s 24 Hours of Booty cycling event to Sandy Springs. The event raises money for cancer survivorship and the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Councilman Sterling owns a public relations and political consulting firm, SSH, Inc., here in Sandy Springs. He is now working on a new venture to launch a new beer label and brewery.


Tibby DeJulio - District 5TibbyDeJulio

Tibby DeJulio is the mayor pro tempore for the City of Sandy Springs.

Councilman DeJulio is first vice president of a national investment firm. He is a Certified Financial Planner, civic volunteer and a Vietnam veteran. During his tour in Vietnam, Mr. DeJulio was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, including one for Valor and several other campaign medals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in finance from Stetson University.

Councilman DeJulio worked for 20 years to help create the City of Sandy Springs, having served as the vice chair for the Committee for Sandy Springs, president of Citizens for Sandy Springs, and as the Chair of the City’s transition Financial Task Force. He has served as mayor pro tem since the incorporation of Sandy Springs. He is a long time member of the High Point Civic Association. He has one son, Chandler.


Andy Bauman - District 6AndyBauman

Councilman Andy Bauman is a self-employed attorney and real estate investor.  Previously, he was a principal and general counsel for a local, privately held real estate business and was a partner at the Sandy Springs based law firm Altman, Kritzer & Levick.  

Councilman Bauman has been very active in the community, including previously serving as the first alumni member of the Board of Directors of the Emory Federal Credit Union.  He participated in the American Jewish Committee leadership training program and volunteered for several years as a baseball coach for the Northside Youth Organization at Chastain Park.  In 2010, Councilman Bauman co-founded the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, which is now managed by Heritage Sandy Springs.  Councilman Bauman currently serves on the steering committee of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and was appointed in 2016 by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to a five year term on the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. 

Councilman Bauman completed both his undergraduate studies and law degree at Emory University.  He has resided in the metro Atlanta area since 1982, and in Sandy Springs since 1999.  He and his wife, Dr. Debbie Bauman (an anesthesiologist), have two school-aged children – Evan and Anna – and live in the Lake Forest Summit neighborhood.   Their family is actively involved at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs. 



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