Government: Meet the Mayor – Jannquell Peters

JANNQUELL PETERS

CITY OF EAST POINT, MAYOR

Term: January 2014 – December 2017

Jannquell Peters was elected as the 33rd Mayor of the City of East Point on December 3, 2013. Mayor Peters believes East Point is positioned to be the next great success story in Georgia. She says East Point has a little bit of everything for just about everyone and is a city where “main meets metro”; combining the charm of small town America with all the amenities of location and proximity to a major metropolitan area.

Mayor Peters is an attorney, an entrepreneur and small business owner and has been featured in a number of publications including Atlanta Magazine. She is the recipient of a host of community and leadership awards. Since taking office, Mayor Peters has demonstrated steadfast and disciplined leadership overseeing three balanced budgets without raising taxes or reducing services or personnel in East Point. She has set a mandate and issued a clear vision for East Point’s future, which has led to a number of positive outcomes and notable firsts for the city, its residents, and business community.

Under Mayor Peters’ leadership, the City of East Point has substantially strengthened its financial position by addressing internal policies, restructuring and refinancing all outstanding debt, by remaining committed to pension reform, and by earning the highest possible ISO rating ensuring insurance rates remain as low as possible. As a result of the fiscal reform efforts, the City earned an “A” on its first ever attempt to obtain a bond rating in 2017.

Mayor Peters has been intentional in an effort to create jobs and economic opportunity in the City of East Point and through deregulation and smart growth policy implementation, has made it easier for new and existing businesses to grow. This effort has created three consecutive years of private sector job growth and a three consecutive year reduction in the city’s unemployment rate. By fulfilling a campaign promise of implementing the first ever Small Business Incentive Program, significant strides have been made in revitalizing downtown East Point and specifically, Main Street. An achievement Mayor Peters is particularly proud of, is supporting a livable wage for the over 500 men and women who are employed by the City of East Point.

Mayor Peters is dedicated to addressing important community issues and understands that a safe, clean city is a prosperous city. With a focus on community policing, East Point has reduced crime consecutively for three years. Additionally, Mayor Peters created a Blighted Property Task force comprised of community leaders to address issues around blight and neighborhood decay.

She believes the key to achieving success in East Point has been through a clear vision, a mandate for excellence and by collaborating with city council and the community.

Before taking public office, Mayor Peters held a variety of positions working with the underrepresented, providing a voice to those without.  She served as a mediator, public defender and child advocate attorney where she represented abused and neglected children in foster care.

During the summer of 2011, she opened IndoCycle Studio, a boutique indoor cycling and yoga facility.

Mayor Peters is committed to improving the literacy rate in Georgia by reading to school aged children as often as she can. She supports access to reading by volunteering as a voice over artist, recording books for the visually impaired and by stewarding a little free library in front of her home.

Mayor Peters is a native of New Orleans, where her parents, two sisters, other family and many childhood friends still reside.  She is a graduate of Metairie Park Country Day School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center.

Mayor Peters attends St. John’s Church and when she is not teaching a spin class, she enjoys playing golf, cooking, and spending time with family, friends and her dogs Sam and Max.