Pictured: Rusi Patel, General Counsel for the Georgia Municipal Association, installs Tifton Mayor Julie Smith as the association’s Second Vice President on Thursday, July 2
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith was elected second vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual on July 2. She is now in line to become president of the 500+ member city organization in 2022.
Smith, who founded Advantage Realty in 2007, has served on the Tifton City Council since 2012. She was elected as the first female mayor of Tifton in 2015. She has been a member of the GMA Board of Directors since 2015 and a member of the Executive Committee. Along with earning more than 90 hours of training through the Howard Holtz Leadership Institute, she also served on the GMA Training Board. In addition, she is a past member of the Member Services Advisory Council.
“Mayor Smith is well respected by city officials around the state,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “She understands the issues cities face and the important role of GMA in supporting cities. We look forward to her continued leadership in this new role.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical assistance services to its 538 member cities.