Dalton City Council member Tyree Goodlett was recently elected to represent Northwest Georgia as District Chairperson of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). Goodlett was elected president of District 1, which includes Dalton and surrounding counties as far south as Paulding County and as far east as Gilmer County and Fannin County. Goodlett served as district vice president last year.
The District Chairman serves as a liaison between the GMA and local municipal authorities. The president also attends GMA-sponsored events and promotes engagement in these activities and programs with other cities in the district and advocates for GMA legislative priorities. The President also sits on the GMA Board of Directors.
“It’s a huge honor,” said Goodlett. “It means a lot to me. Really, I just want to bring a voice from our region. Because when I talk to other elected officials who come from outside of Atlanta, they feel like they’ve been left behind. They feel like everything is going in big metro areas like Atlanta and we’re never heard from each other so I just want to be a voice for them Like I said when I was elected to the board municipal, I wanted to be a voice for the people and now I’m trying to be a voice for the whole District 1 area.”
This isn’t the first time Goodlett has been selected by his peers in the Georgia Municipal Association to represent Northwest Georgia statewide. In addition to serving last year as district vice president, he was previously selected as one of the GMA’s “20 Under 40” in 2019. In this role, Goodlett served on a committee of 20 municipal leaders under the age of 40 to help serve and engage young leaders.
The Georgia Municipal Association is a nonprofit organization representing all 538 cities in the state. The organization provides services to municipal governments, including mentoring and training courses for newly elected officials. Goodlett has taken advantage of these learning opportunities since his election to city council in 2015. He was re-elected in 2019.