Tomlinson is leading Columbus through an unprecedented time of innovative, positive transformation.
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected as the 69th mayor of Columbus, Georgia on Nov. 30, 2010 with 68% of the vote. On Jan. 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city’s first female mayor. On May 20, 2014 she was re-elected to a second term with 63% of the vote, making her the first mayor since the city’s consolidation in 1971 to win re-election in a contested race.
Mayor Tomlinson serves as the full-time, chief executive, non-partisan mayor of the Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government, where she serves a diverse community of some 200,000 people in southwest Georgia. Because Columbus is a consolidated local government, the mayor oversees both the county and municipal functions. Columbus, Georgia is the nation’s sixteenth largest consolidated government. Mayor Tomlinson oversees the city manager, city attorney and leads, through their able assistance, nearly 3,000 employees. She builds, proposes and administers a $270 million budget and works with a ten-member legislative body to promote the general welfare of the citizens of Columbus, Georgia. Mayor Tomlinson is the director of Public Safety overseeing the Columbus Police Department, the Columbus Fire/EMS Department and the Muscogee County Prison. As mayor, Ms. Tomlinson is the chief spokesperson and vision-setter for the city.
Teresa Tomlinson has five times been named to Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, and she holds a national security secret clearance with the Department of Defense. In 2015, Mayor Tomlinson, together with other alumnae, led the effort to save her undergraduate alma mater, Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Today, the college thrives and Mayor Tomlinson serves as the chairwoman of the college’s the board of directors.
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus. For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm’s first female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as executive director of MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community renewal organization. Mayor Tomlinson is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, (where she was inducted into the Chamblee High School Hall of Fame in 2015), a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia (where she was a 2011 Distinguished Alumnae), and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta.