Council Members And Council Districts

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 1 Galambos Way. You can find more information about City Council meetings including when they occur and how to participate on the Public Meetings page.

John Paulson - District 1

John Paulson is the mayor pro tempore for the City of Sandy Springs.

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 140, 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 a U.S. Marine rifleman. He and his wife Mary have two children.

EMAIL:   jpaulson@sandyspringsga.gov

Steve Soteres - District 2

A construction company executive and longtime community volunteer, Steve Soteres' interest in redevelopment along the northern corridor of Roswell Road is what propelled him to work with his predecessor Ken Dishman, organizing stakeholders to look at innovative approaches to encourage improvements. Councilman Soteres is a 24-year veteran of the construction industry, a member of Leadership Sandy Springs, Shepherd Center Advisory Board and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School Board of Trustees.

EMAIL: ssoteres@sandyspringsga.gov

Chris Burnett - District 3

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.

EMAIL: cburnett@sandyspringsga.gov

Jody Reichel - District 4

Jody Reichel is a Real Estate Investor with an established reputation as a community volunteer. A previous President of the North Springs High School PTO and Vice-President of the Davis Academy PTO, Councilwoman Reichel initiated the Holiday Gift Program at Jewish Family and Career Services 22 years ago and remains involved. She has volunteered with the Sandy Springs Education Force, Northside Hospital, Family Promise, Girls on the Run, Hands on Atlanta, Junior Achievement, Trees Atlanta, and the Winship Cancer Institute.

EMAIL: jreichel@sandyspringsga.gov

Tibby DeJulio - District 5

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.

EMAIL: tdejulio@sandyspringsga.gov

Andy Bauman - District 6

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.  In private law practice before that, he was a partner at the Sandy Springs based law firm Altman, Kritzer & Levick.

In 2013, Mr. Bauman was elected to the Sandy Springs City Council and was re-elected in 2017. Councilman Bauman was involved with the very early decision making for the development of the Sandy Springs City Center, and helped initiate and promote diverse programming at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.  Councilman Bauman has led on several policy initiatives in the areas of environmental sustainability and community connections and walkability.  In 2019, Councilman Bauman sponsored and led the effort that resulted in Sandy Springs adopting the first municipal Hate Crime Ordinance in Georgia, almost one year prior to the State’s adoption of its own Hate Crime law. 

Mr. Bauman's other community activities have included service on the Board of Directors of the Emory Federal Credit Union, leadership positions with several Jewish organizations in Atlanta (including the American Jewish Committee and Atlanta Jewish Film Festival), and coaching in the NYO baseball program for several years at Chastain Park.  In 2010, Mr. Bauman co-founded the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, which is now operated by the City of Sandy Springs.  In 2016, Bauman was appointed by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to serve on the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. 

Andy Bauman received both undergraduate and law degrees 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, have two children, and their family is actively involved at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs. 

EMAIL: abauman@sandyspringsga.gov

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