About Teresa

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected as the 69th Mayor of Columbus, Georgia on November 30, 2010 with 68% of the vote. On January 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city's first female mayor. On May 20, 2014 she was re-elected to a second term with 63% of the vote, making her the first Mayor since the city's consolidation in 1971 to win re-election in a contested race. She has twice been named to Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians, and she holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense.

Since taking office, Mayor Tomlinson has collaborated with Council and stakeholders to reform the City's pension plan, saving taxpayers $27 million over 15 years, while protecting the retirement benefits of Columbus' hardworking employees. She reformed the city's employee healthcare system saving taxpayers $4.5 million annually, saving 120 employee jobs and instituting an employee Health and Wellness Clinic to lessen future city healthcare costs.

Mayor Tomlinson partnered with Columbus Regional Healthcare System to renegotiate the city's indigent and prisoner care contract saving taxpayers some $500,000 annually, though the contract did not expire until 2022. Early in her first term, she called in the Georgia Department of Corrections to investigate and audit the Muscogee County Prison, the state's largest work camp. Her reforms have resulted in a professionally run, safer prison and increased morale among prison staff.

Mayor Tomlinson's Save A Pet program at the Animal Care and Control Center has lowered the city's animal euthanasia rate from 80% in 2010 to 38% in 2013. She obtained some $300,000 in transportation grant monies to conduct a Columbus to Atlanta high speed passenger rail feasibility study, which showed the rail line would be profitable in its first year.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus. For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm's first female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as Executive Director of MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community renewal organization. Mayor Tomlinson is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia, a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta.

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   Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected as the 69th Mayor of Columbus, Georgia on November 30, 2010 with 68% of the vote. On January 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city's first female mayor. On May 20, 2014 she was re-elected to a second term with 63% of the vote, making her the first Mayor since the city's consolidation in 1971 to win re-election in a contested race. She has twice been named to Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians, and she holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus. For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm's first female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as Executive Director of MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community renewal organization. Mayor Tomlinson is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia, a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta.