Mayor's Office


Mayor William R. (Ronnie) Marks

IMG 3637

Mailing Address:
Mayor William R. Marks
PO Box 1089
Athens, AL 35612

Office Phone Number: 256-233-8730

The Mayor's Office is located at the Temporary City Hall:

1806 Wilkinson Street (click link for map)
2nd Floor

Click Here to Contact Mayor Mark's Office





November 3, 2010 – Current - Mayor, City of Athens. Administrative Responsibility for the day to day operations of the City of Athens. Fiscal operations budgets are approx. $100M Utilities (Electric, Gas, Water/Wastewater, Finance, Customer Service, & Warehouse). The General Fund budget is approx.$22M (Public Works, City Clerk, Personnel, Fire, Police, Cemetery, Parks & Recreation Dept.) The City of Athens currently has approx. 360 employees.

October 2004 – November 3, 2010 - City of Athens, Council Member, District #4. Legislative Responsibility for Policy/Procedures and Budgets which include approx. $100M Utility budget and $21M General Fund budget)

December 2005 – February 2008 - Field Operations Manager for Governor Bob Riley's Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Katrina victims.
September 2001-April 2004 – Contract employee with SCB assigned as Senior Functional Analyst with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Worked with the State Finance Department and the DHR Office of Contracts/Federal Claiming to analysis budgets and financial data to insure an increase in available federal funds and cost savings recommendations of state funds.

March 1999 – September 2001 – Contract employee with SCB assigned as Project Consultant/Functional Manager with the Department of Human Resources, Office of Child Day Care.

Responsible for managing the contract activities between the Alabama Child Care Subsidy program and the contract vendor by developing and implementing an automated child day care subsidy system.

February 1997 – March 1999 – Project Director for the Southern Alliance of States (SAS) with Lockheed Martin, IMS.

SAS was an alliance formed to support the implementation of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Services and implement a prototype electronic payment system for inter-state access to government issued benefits. Program services addressed were TANF and food stamps in eight states, including; Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Responsible for the delivery of debit cards to 1.9 million recipients/clients and actively enrolling 36,000 certified retailers in the EBT system in these 8 states.

June 1971 – February 1997 – Alabama Department of Human Resources

Began my career with the Department of Human Resources in Limestone County. The last 8 years prior to retirement, I worked as a Regional Manager serving as the management link between the State Office and 11 county welfare departments in North Alabama.

January 1971 – May 1971 – Teacher w/ Limestone County Schools at New Hope

1966 – 1968 – Teacher w/ Limestone County Schools at West Limestone.


Masters Degree of Social Work (1975) – University of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
BS Degree – University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
High School Diploma – Tanner High School, Tanner, AL


1968 – 1970 U. S. Army
1969 – 1970 Platoon Sgt. – 198 Lt. Infantry Brigade in Vietnam
1970 – 1978 Alabama National Guard


1982-1986 & 2004-2008 & Current – City of Athens, Planning Commission
2010- Current – Limestone County Foundation on Aging
2004- Current - Board Member, Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
2004- Current - Board Member, Athens-Limestone Beautification Board
1986 – 1996 – Board of Directors at Athens-Limestone Hospital
1994 – 1996 – Board Member of Athens-Limestone Hospital Home Health Agency
1982 – 1986 – City of Athens, Council Member, District #4.

2014 - University of North Alabama Alumni Political Service Award


Married to Sandra Neal Marks
Son: Rhodney Marks
Grandchildren: Abby Marks, Mollie Marks and Quinton Marks
Daughter: Laura Marks Johnson (& husband, Matthew)
Sunday school teacher – Friendship Methodist Church

Copyright© 2014 City of Athens Alabama. All Rights Reserved