Elected November 2015 - term beginning in 2016 / Mayor Pro Tem beginning in 2017
Derek grew up in Cobb County and is a graduate of Sprayberry High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Derek went to work for his hometown Congressman Johnny Isakson in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide. He spent six years working to help Georgians in Cobb and across the state while with Senator Isakson’s office. Derek is currently employed as Director of Government Relations for the Medical Association of Georgia, where he represents physicians and patients across the state.
Derek has served on several local boards and committees including the Board of Directors for Keep Smyrna Beautiful and the Smyrna Business Association, the Executive Committee for the Smyrna Vision initiative, and served three terms as president of the Afton Downs Homeowners Association. Derek has also volunteered for years at Argyle Elementary school, where he sponsored a 2nd grade class. Derek and his wife Laura are members of Smyrna First United Methodist Church and have two children, Samantha and Jack.