New mayor Rusty Paul continues leading Sandy Springs

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Sandy Springs’ new mayor, Rusty Paul.

Former City Council member and businessman, Russell “Rusty” K. Paul will lead the city of Sandy Springs as mayor for the next four years.

“I succeed an incredible woman, Eva Galambos, who dedicated almost a half-century of her life to the creation and later the leadership of our city. She set a very high standard of achievement for her successors and I take that responsibility very seriously,” said Paul. On November 5, Paul collected 81 percent of the votes to become Sandy Springs’ second mayor, defeating local businessman, Bob Brown.

As the father of five adult children and a grandfather to four grandsons, Paul plans to try to keep weekends open for family activities. “We’re a big sports family, so we go to a lot of Braves games and college football games, then watch together what we don’t attend. In fact, three kids- all Auburn grads or students – skipped my swearing in to fly to the BSC Championship in Pasadena, so that defines their priorities,” said Paul.

Having a big family, Paul understands the importance of education. Paul will meet periodically with school officials to discover how they can work together to ensure schools of Sandy Springs are the best they can be.

Paul is not all work and no fun; he will also participate in school activities to ensure that firsthand, he understands our schools and their needs, so that where the city can play a role, he and officials can do it profitably.

After spending  much of his life in public service at the federal, state and local levels, becoming mayor allows Paul to apply 35-years of experience to help make Sandy Springs a better community. Paul has several goals for Sandy Springs during his term as mayor. The top of his goals consists of completing the 100 million dollar City Center Project. “We’ve got a major investment decision we’ve got to make,” he said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “We’ve got to make sure we do it right.”

City Center will be a mixed-use project involving retail, restaurants, residential and offices; it will also include a new city government complex, performing arts center, community meeting facilities, a new park, new streets and other amenities-  all paid for through a combination of public and private funds.

Paul believes Sandy Springs’ downtown resurgence development will be the biggest challenge he will have within the next four years. He has said he is not interested in making the downtown look like downtowns of other cities. “I want this area that we’re standing in right now not only to be the heart of Sandy Springs, but it needs to become the heartbeat,” said Paul.

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