A. Max Bacon, Mayor
After devoting six years to Smyrna’s City Council, Mayor Arthur Max Bacon was first elected to his post in 1985.
Since then, the first phase of the redevelopment of Smyrna’s downtown district was completed in August 1991. The Municipal Services building was completed and occupied in September 1996; the Public Safety/Jail facility was completed and occupied in September 1997. Also completed is the new Fire Station headquarters on Atlanta Road, a replica of the old Smyrna train depot, which is the home of the Smyrna Museum, and the restored Aunt Fanny’s Cabin, which serves as the City’s welcome center. The Smyrna Market Village, the final phase of the 15-year master plan, opened with great success in October of 2002. In 2006, after a two-year process, approximately 70 percent of apartments properties identified as suitable for redevelopment in Smyrna are have/and will be complete. Between 2006 and 2009 redevelopment of the former privately owned Brawner psychiatric facility and grounds took place under his guidance. Now known as Taylor-Brawner Park and Brawner Hall, this example of quality public passive park space and facility rehabilitation and adaptive reuse as office and event space is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with Taylor-Brawner House. Plans for the property at the intersection of Atlanta Road and Spring/Concord for the site of the former shopping center known as Jonquil Plaza began construction in early 2016 with coordinated tenant development with the former Belmont Hills Shopping Center site at the intersection of Atlanta Road and Windy Hill Road. Now known as The Village at Belmont / The Shops at Belmont and Alta at Belmont, the new mixed-use development is expected to be substantially complete in September of 2016. The Belmont area redevelopment, under Bacon’s leadership, includes the addition of the new Smyrna Elementary School (a Cobb County Schools facility) along with other connectivity and transportation improvements along the corridor. Most recently under Bacon’s leadership, the Smyrna Vision Process - a 10-year citizen-driven plan and process for community growth and cultural development - began and has moved into the implementation phase. Notable advancements in the process include the creation of the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council which is independent of municipal government and remarkable gains in community involvement in the public schools within the Smyrna area.
Bacon is involved in a number of civic organizations, including the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Smyrna Division where he served as President from 1993-94, Chairman of the Downtown Smyrna Development Authority, the Smyrna Business Association, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past member of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, Cobb Water Authority, member of Smyrna American Legion Post 160, Campbell High School Advisory Council and former member of Argyle Elementary School Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Georgia Municipal Association, is a past president of the Cobb Municipal Association and was the recipient of the 1993 Georgia Municipal Association Community Leadership Award. The Marietta Daily Journal selected him as the Cobb County 1997 Citizen of the Year in January 1998. Through his leadership, the Urban Land Institute has recognized Smyrna nationally for its downtown revitalization and in 1997 received the National Award for Excellence of a Public Project. Mayor Bacon received the 1999 Martin Luther King, Jr. award by Campbell High School. He also received the 2001 Citizen of the year award from the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Mayor Bacon received the Liberty Bell award from the Cobb County Bar Association for community service that has strengthened freedom. The Smyrna Rotary Club awarded Mayor Bacon with the title of Smyrna's Outstanding Citizen in December 2006. In 2015, Mayor Bacon was awarded the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award by Campbell High School for his tireless efforts on behalf of the students and the school in step with redevelopment of Smyrna - making strides for continuous improvement and helping Campbell High to be a great place for all students to excel.
Bacon is retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 40 years, serving as Postmaster of the Smyrna Post Office at the time of retirement.
Mayor Bacon was born October 10, 1948 at Marietta Hospital (now Promina Kennestone) in Marietta, Georgia to Arthur T. Bacon and Dorothy Moseley Bacon. He attended Smyrna Elementary School and graduated from Campbell High School in 1966. He attended DeKalb College and Chattahoochee Technical College and served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1970. He has two children Ashley, and Ty and four grandchildren Abby, Harrison, Trip and Claudia. Bacon has two sisters, Linda Keeney of Smyrna, Jenny Ruth Williams of Smyrna and one brother, David Bacon of Kennesaw. Bacon is a life-long resident of Smyrna, a member of First United Methodist Church and currently resides at 377 Highview Drive.