Smyrna is a city located in Cobb County, Georgia, in the inner ring of the Atlanta Metropolitan area. It’s located 1 mile northwest of the Atlanta city limits and around 16 miles from downtown Atlanta.
The city was born in 1892 after settlers began coming to this area. A campground was founded, welcoming individuals of all denominations. In its beginning, the city of Smyrna was a center for social and religious activity in the surrounding area. It led to the organization of the Methodist Church in 1838.
Smyrna was one of the fast-growing cities from 2000 to 2012, with an estimated 28% growth, making it also one of the most densely populated cities in the entire metro area. Currently, there are an estimated 56,000 residents in Smyrna, with a demographic profile favoring young citizens with a higher per capita income compared to the Atlanta MSA. Even so, the city still offers residents a suburban appeal while not compromising on lifestyle amenities.
Smyrna is currently governed by a mayor and a seven-member Council, all elected by residents for 4-years terms. The council is responsible for appointing many other essential government roles in the city, such as the City Attorney, Administrator, or Municipal Court Judge.
The mayor holds the role of Chief Executive Officer and oversees that all laws and regulations are appropriately executed. They preside at City Council meetings and can appoint members of the City Boards and Commissions.
Sources: City of Smyrna, ExploreGeorgia.org