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William R. "Ronnie" Marks
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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 approximately $100M Utilities (Electric, Gas, Water/Wastewater, Finance, Customer Service, and Warehouse). The General Fund budget is approximately $22M (Public Works, City Clerk, Personnel, Fire, Police, Cemetery, Parks and Recreation Department.) The City of Athens currently has approximately 360 employees.
October 2004 - November 3, 2010 - City of Athens, Council Member, District Number 4. Legislative Responsibility for Policy/Procedures and Budgets which include approximately $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 Lieutenant Infantry Brigade in Vietnam
1970 - 1978 Alabama National Guard
Recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces
Other Experience, Professional Achievements, Awards
1982-1986 and 2004-2008 and Current - City of Athens, Planning Commission
2010-Current - Limestone County Foundation on Aging
2004-Current - Board Member, Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
2004-Current - Board Member, Athens-Limestone Beautification Board
Athens Rotary Member
North Alabama Mayor’s Association (multiple terms as president
Alabama Municipal Insurance Corp. Board of Directors
Alabama League of Municipalities Executive Committee, Finance/Administration/Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and Ethics Committee
Limestone County Economic Development Board
2017-2018 Dekko Foundation Grant Review Committee
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 Number 4
2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 511 Citizen of the Year
2014 - University of North Alabama Alumni Political Service Award
2015 Limestone County Chapter NAACP Community Leader Award
Married to Sandra Neal Marks
Son: Rhodney Marks
Grandchildren: Abby Marks, Mollie Marks and Quinton Marks
Daughter: Laura Marks Johnson (and husband, Matthew)
Sunday school teacher - Friendship Methodist Church
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