I got my first opportunity to serve as Chief Administrative Official and worked as the City Administrator for the City of Fairburn, Ga. from 1993 – 2002.
Fairburn is located along a railroad line and was the county seat of Campbell County starting in 1870, after the original seat of Campbellton refused to allow the Atlanta & West Point Railroad line through because of the anticipated noise. Campbellton faded away as Fairburn grew. The government of Campbell County went bankrupt in 1931 during the Great Depression and, along with Milton County to the north, was absorbed into Fulton County in 1932.
Fairburn, located just 25 minutes south of Atlanta is a city of historic homes, buildings and places of worship with a thriving business community. Fairburn is a city that embraces the future while remembering the past. The downtown Commercial District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, includes 20 different commercial buildings and two train depots dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During my tenure, I was able to secure funding to renovate both the freight and passenger depots and return them to commercial use.
I was fortunate to be able to work with Mr. Jack Sias to locate the Georgia Renaissance Festival to a permanent home in Fairburn. The Georgia Renaissance Festival has grown into a 100-acre theme park filled with charming cottages and castles, kitchens and pubs, and an unusual collection of people-powered rides and games of skill. The Georgia festival is the largest Renaissance festival in the Southeast. Over 100 artisans display and demonstrate their wares in our Artisan Market, and a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill are presented on 10 stages every festival day. One of the highlights of any festival day is the Jousting Tournament. Visitors experience the clashing of steel and the thundering of hooves full combat jousts at the King’s Tournament Arena.