Meet the Mayor

Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle was born in Wilson, North Carolina. Shortly thereafter, he moved back to Savannah, Georgia, where his family has lived for five generations. He moved to Athens in January 1993.

Though he lived in the area for several years, Mayor Ferrelle has officially called Winterville home since December 2005. He was elected Mayor of Winterville, GA., on November 4, 2015. His swearing in ceremony was held at City Hall on January 5, 2016.

Over twenty years ago, Ferrelle began working in Athens as a driver for Hagemeyer North America. Today, he is an Account Specialist for that same company, where he manages a multi-million dollar territory spanning several counties. He has been awarded President's Club five years in a row.

In addition, he is a musician, artist, and children's book author. Mayor Ferrelle wrote the interactive children's book "If You Were a Jellybean," which features beautiful illustrations by his wife, Cameron Bliss Ferrelle. The book was a 2014 Georgia Writer's Association Author of the Year Award nominee.

Since moving to Winterville, Mayor Ferrelle has been an active member of the community. As a member of the Civitan Club, he worked to bring Christmas Tree Sales to Winterville. He is also a member of the Winterville Elementary School PTO, the Winterville School Council, and the Winterville Library Board.

Since 2009, Ferrelle has hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Athens Banner-Herald's Empty Stocking Fund, which helps struggling Athenians make ends meet during the holiday season. The event features a showcase of local musicians, many of whom are residents of Winterville, and an art auction.

Mayor Ferrelle has three children: Dodd Jr. (9), Bliss (8) and Lucas (4). His wife, Cameron, is a local artist.