About the Mayor of Fitzgerald
As the head of the city, the Mayor officially speaks for both the government and the community as a whole. The Mayor is the executive officer of the city and is the presiding officer and a regular member of the city council, but he does not vote except in the case of a tie. In the absence of the mayor, his powers and duties shall be exercised by the mayor pro tem.
Mayor Jim Puckett - Biography
Mayor Jim Puckett was elected in November 2017. His term began January 2018.
Jim Puckett was born in Fitzgerald on September 17, 1967. He graduated as the Salutatorian and Star Student from Fitzgerald High School in 1985. He then went on to earn his BBA in Real Estate from the University of Georgia and later his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University. He spent 18 years as a public educator – serving as an English teacher, Assistant Principal, English department chair, team leader, Graduation Coach, and Athletic Director.
In 2016, he and his wife opened Puckett’s Place Hometown Diner in Fitzgerald. He is married to Joanna Weaver Puckett from Conyers, GA. They have two children – Luke, 25 and Hannah, 14.