Qualifying fees set for Sandy Springs mayor and council seats

Georgia just elected two new U.S. senators, but north Fulton’s top municipal posts are up for grabs in November.

In Sandy Springs, the mayor and all six City Council seats will be on the ballot. But Mayor Rusty Paul and City Council members have not announced if they plan to run.

During a Tuesday City Council meeting, Sandy Springs set qualifying fees that must be paid with the completed candidate forms necessary to run for office. The approved fees are $540 for City Council positions and $1,200 for mayor. The qualifying period is Aug. 16-20. More information is available on the city website.

City Council members receive an annual salary of $18,000. The mayor is paid $40,000 per year. Those salaries were increased from $12,000 and $25,000, respectively, in 2014.

Sandy Springs has no term limits for the positions.

Tibby DeJulio is the longest-serving Council member. He was elected to office in 2005, the same year that the city incorporated. Other long-serving Council members are John Paulson elected in 2009 and Andy Bauman in 2013.

In Johns Creek, three City Council member positions are up for election in the fall, as well as the post held by Mayor Mike Bodker, who was elected in 2006. The city limits elected officials to serving no more than two consecutive four-year terms, however it only applies to those elected after Jan. 1, 2019. The Johns Creek mayor is paid $25,000 annually and Council members receive $15,000 per year.

In Alpharetta, the current term of City Council members Karen Richard, Ben Burnett and Donald Mitchell ends in 2021. The city has term limits allowing three consecutive four-year terms for Council members.