William “Bill” Edwards


Mayor William “Bill” Edwards was elected as the FIRST Mayor of the NEW City of
South Fulton on April 18, 2017, with a sixty percent majority vote. He was officially
sworn-in on April 29, 2017, before a standing room only audience of family, friends,
constituents and well-wishers. Being the leader that he is, he immediately hit the ground
running conducting the City’s first City Council meeting, the same day. During the
meeting, he approved the hiring of an Interim City Manager, City Clerk and Interim
County Attorney.
Mayor Edwards is no stranger to service. For fourteen years (2000 – 2014), he tirelessly
served the citizens of South Fulton as District 7 Commissioner, representing the residents
of unincorporated South Fulton and Southwest Fulton, College Park, East Point,
Fairburn, Hapeville, Union City, Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills and a portion of
Southwest Atlanta.
Mayor Edwards always has the best interest of the community at heart and has been
dubbed the ultimate public servant. As such, he seeks to change the political landscape
of the area in which he serves through community involvement. As a resident of South
Fulton for over thirty years, he understands that in order to be an effective servant you
must be attuned to the needs and concerns of your constituents. Mayor Edwards listens
in order to serve.
On June 7, 2018, Mayor Edwards conducted the first “Mayor’s Walk” in the City of
South Fulton. The purpose of the walk is to introduce the community to administrative
leaders and identify key issues and concerns. Mayor Edwards also originated the first
“Don’t Be A Target” townhall meetings to bring awareness to citizens of the need for
vigilance in response to theft by motor vehicle.
Knowing that the strength of any community is its ability to identify growth and provide
necessary services, Mayor Edwards is persistent in ensuring that proper ordinances are in
place to accommodate this continued growth.
Mayor Edwards is determined to lead a government that works for everyone. Jobs, fiscal
sustainability, children and public safety are always at the forefront of his agenda. He
feels it is important that he collaborates with surrounding municipalities to discuss the
challenges encountered in laying the groundwork in starting a new city.
Although much has been accomplished in the past eighteen months, Mayor Edwards feels
the true test of what our city will accomplish is still ahead. He recognizes that the
administration will not be able to accomplish anything notable alone. He and Council
continue to work in tandem to enact legislation necessary to establish the City of South
Fulton as a progressive and modern-day city.
Over the years, Mayor Edwards has been recognized for his many accomplishments in
South Fulton. Most recently he was recognized as the 2017 Man of Distinction by state
and federal elected officials, Dillard High School Alumni, and, family and friends, in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida.
He is an illustrious member of the Morehouse College Class of 1972, Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. and a 1980 graduate of Atlanta School of Law. He is also a member of
Cascade United Methodist Church.
Mayor Edwards is the proud father of three adult children, William Jr., Erika and
Johnishia, and the grandfather of Sierra, William III, Morgan and McKenzie, Jamiah,
Wesley, and Lillian.

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