Mayor William R. (Ronnie) Marks
Welcome to the City of Athens, a city that is Classic. Southern. Character.
Athens has been a Classic since 1818 when Athens incorporated as a city before Alabama became a state. In 1819, voters made Athens the county seat of Limestone County.
Since settlers first came to the area in the early 1800s for rich farm dirt, the city has grown into a commercial and industrial hub of 24,000 residents. Athens offers commercial growth on its interstate corridors and major highways, as well as development opportunities at its industrial parks. In 2013, the city was named the No. 3 Most Business Friendly City in Alabama.
As our city has grown, it has maintained its charm. Athens is still Southern. That is most evident in downtown Athens and around The Square. In Athens, going to "The Square" is a place to make memories. Our lives have been spent grabbing an ice cream cone, strolling along the sidewalks, and resting on a bench by the dogwood trees. The historic Limestone County Courthouse is the backdrop for parades, high school pep rallies, storytelling, and art events, and is surrounded by a retail area to shop for unique merchandise and dine on divine cuisine.
Our quality of life is one reason Athens is the No. 2 city in the nation for having the fastest growing middle class, according to a 2015 NerdWallet study. Niche.com also states Athens is No. 63 in the nation for Best Town to Buy a House, No. 6 in the state for Best Towns to Raise a Family, and No. 3 for Safest City in Alabama.
These accolades highlight that Athens has Character. You’ll find events distinctive to Athens, such as the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention and Athens Grease Festival. You’ll discover notable stories, such as a Union Civil War fort where runaway slaves fought and were captured and later got an education, telling us the saga of slave, to soldier, to student. You’ll enjoy time with your family exploring our National Recreation Trail and various culture trails, playing at our Sportsplex, and touring our Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
When you visit Athens, I invite you to take a stroll on our sidewalks, to take a tour of our sites, and to take time to hear our stories. Discover for yourself why our city is Classic. Southern. Character.
Looking forward to meeting you,
William R. “Ronnie” Marks
Mayor, City of Athens, Alabama
Mayor William R. Marks
PO Box 1089
Athens, AL 35612
Office Phone Number: 256-233-8730
The Mayor's Office is located at the Temporary City Hall:
1806 Wilkinson Street (click link for map)
Click Here to Contact Mayor Mark's Office
November 3, 2010 – Current - Mayor, City of Athens. Administrative Responsibility for the day to day operations of the City of Athens. Fiscal operations budgets are approx. $100M Utilities (Electric, Gas, Water/Wastewater, Finance, Customer Service, & Warehouse). The General Fund budget is approx.$22M (Public Works, City Clerk, Personnel, Fire, Police, Cemetery, Parks & Recreation Dept.) The City of Athens currently has approx. 360 employees.
October 2004 – November 3, 2010 - City of Athens, Council Member, District #4. Legislative Responsibility for Policy/Procedures and Budgets which include approx. $100M Utility budget and $21M General Fund budget)
December 2005 – February 2008 - Field Operations Manager for Governor Bob Riley's Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Katrina victims.
September 2001-April 2004 – Contract employee with SCB assigned as Senior Functional Analyst with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
Worked with the State Finance Department and the DHR Office of Contracts/Federal Claiming to analysis budgets and financial data to insure an increase in available federal funds and cost savings recommendations of state funds.
March 1999 – September 2001 – Contract employee with SCB assigned as Project Consultant/Functional Manager with the Department of Human Resources, Office of Child Day Care.
Responsible for managing the contract activities between the Alabama Child Care Subsidy program and the contract vendor by developing and implementing an automated child day care subsidy system.
February 1997 – March 1999 – Project Director for the Southern Alliance of States (SAS) with Lockheed Martin, IMS.
SAS was an alliance formed to support the implementation of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Services and implement a prototype electronic payment system for inter-state access to government issued benefits. Program services addressed were TANF and food stamps in eight states, including; Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Responsible for the delivery of debit cards to 1.9 million recipients/clients and actively enrolling 36,000 certified retailers in the EBT system in these 8 states.
June 1971 – February 1997 – Alabama Department of Human Resources
Began my career with the Department of Human Resources in Limestone County. The last 8 years prior to retirement, I worked as a Regional Manager serving as the management link between the State Office and 11 county welfare departments in North Alabama.
January 1971 – May 1971 – Teacher w/ Limestone County Schools at New Hope
1966 – 1968 – Teacher w/ Limestone County Schools at West Limestone.
Masters Degree of Social Work (1975) – University of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
BS Degree – University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
High School Diploma – Tanner High School, Tanner, AL
1968 – 1970 U. S. Army
1969 – 1970 Platoon Sgt. – 198 Lt. Infantry Brigade in Vietnam
1970 – 1978 Alabama National Guard
OTHER EXPERIENCE, PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS, AWARDS
1982-1986 & 2004-2008 & Current – City of Athens, Planning Commission
2010- Current – Limestone County Foundation on Aging
2004- Current - Board Member, Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
2004- Current - Board Member, Athens-Limestone Beautification Board
1986 – 1996 – Board of Directors at Athens-Limestone Hospital
1994 – 1996 – Board Member of Athens-Limestone Hospital Home Health Agency
1982 – 1986 – City of Athens, Council Member, District #4.
2014 - University of North Alabama Alumni Political Service Award
Married to Sandra Neal Marks
Son: Rhodney Marks
Grandchildren: Abby Marks, Mollie Marks and Quinton Marks
Daughter: Laura Marks Johnson (& husband, Matthew)
Sunday school teacher – Friendship Methodist Church