John Eaves

John Eaves

John Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Commission, began his second, four-year term January 2011 after being re-elected on November 2, 2010 with 60% of the votes cast.

As head of the largest county in the State of Georgia, he presides over a seven-member governing commission representing 14 municipalities with an annual operating budget of $935 million and a diverse population of 1.1 million residents, including the City of Atlanta. Fulton County is the most populous county in the state; it has the second largest operating budget and the largest geographic area among Georgia’s 159 counties.

Under Chairman Eaves’ leadership, Fulton County ended its 2010 fiscal year with more than $156 million in reserves while holding the line on property taxes.

His leadership has been demonstrated in the critical areas of transportation, housing and healthcare including support of the governance re-structuring of Grady Hospital; creation of the Re-Entry Task Force, which reduces costs and relieves overcrowding in the county jail; and the founding of the Fulton County Global Youth Leadership program.

Chairman Eaves received a B.A. in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1984. In 1987, he earned a master’s degree from Yale University in religion, and a doctorate in educational administration in 1999 from the University of South Carolina. In 2001, he received the American Marshall (Plan) Memorial Fellowship – German Marshall Fund, and was awarded participation in the Fulbright International Educators Administrators program in 2003. In 2004, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant.

He has served as chairman of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, a member of the City of Atlanta’s Advisory Committee on International Relations, and a Visiting Professor for the National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program.

In 1984, he was named the Atlanta Public Schools System Top Volunteer; designated National School Volunteer Program Spokesperson; and honored Outstanding Young Man of America.
Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Education for Argosy University, a Chicago-based undergraduate and graduate institution with 19 campuses throughout the United States where he teaches graduate courses to educators in leadership, ethics, accountability, values, and school law at the institution’s Sandy Springs campus.

An author of two books devoted to his alma mater, Morehouse College, where he played cornerback and was team captain, Chairman Eaves’ has continued his commitment to education though his passion for volunteerism and athletics.

He is married to Cheryl Regina Eaves, and they are the devoted parents of three children, Isaac, Keturah, and Kyle.