The government of the City of Dahlonega is vested in a City Council composed of a Mayor and six Council Members. Each member will serve a four year term of office. To be eligible to serve as Mayor or Council member, the candidate must be a resident of the city for a period of one year immediately prior to the date of the election and continue to reside within the city during the period of service. To be a candidate for Mayor or City Council, one must be registered and qualified to vote in the municipal election of the City of Dahlonega and must meet the qualification standards required by the Georgia House of Representatives as of now, or may in the future, be prescribed by the Georgia Constitution.
The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City of Dahlonega. Mayor Pro-Tem is appointed each year.
Mayor - Honorable Gary McCullough
Gary was elected Mayor in 2002 after serving 15 years as councilman. He retired from Georgia Power Company in 2002 after 42 years, 32 years as manager of the office in Dahlonega. He and his wife Charlotte have been married for 45 years. They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.