Mayor and Council

Doug Cheek

Mayor Doug Cheek has been a resident of Homer since childhood. He graduated from Banks County High School and studied horticulture at the University of Georgia. His civic involvements are Banks County Historical Society president, Banks County Rotary Club past president and member, Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, and a board member of the Homer Downtown Development Authority. He and his wife Petina are members of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. He became Mayor of Homer in 2002. He believes that, “Homer is a quaint little town, rich in its history.” As it prospers, he wants to maintain the small town feel. This is the place he always wants to be.


David Dunson 
Council Member

David Dunson is currently serving his second term as council member. He is a 1974 graduate of Banks County High School, 1981 graduate of North Ga. Technical College Basic EMT, 1991 graduate of Lanier Tech Paramedic Program, 1994 graduate of Athens Police Academy. He served Banks County as an EMT-Paramedic for 27 years and spent 15 years with the Banks County Sheriff’s Department. He and wife, Jane have three daughters and two grandchildren. The family attends Bethany Christian Church were David serves as an Elder.


Cliff Hill
Council Member

Cliff Hill is currently serving his third term as a council member. He is a lifelong resident of Homer. He has been married to Kathy for thirty eight years and they have one son. He retired from the Ga. Department of Transportation after thirty four years of service. He is a member of the Homer Presbyterian Church. He is active in many civic Organizations including, The Sons of Legions, Legion Riders, Homer Phi Delta Masonic Lodge and has been an active member of the Homer Fire Department for many years and is currently serving as Fire Chief.


James Dumas
Council Member

James Dumas has served as council member since 2018. He previously served as Banks County Commission Chairperson from 1996-2000. It is his desire to preserve the beauty and peaceful nature of downtown Homer and the historic buildings. He strives to encourage businesses who chose to locate in historic downtown Homer. He also encourages leadership for well planned growth in developments and other projects. His motto is “Together we can make Homer home!”


Sandra Garrison 
Council Member

Sandra has been a resident of Homer for 37 years. For 16 years she has served on the Homer Town Council of which 12 years she held the position of Mayor Pro-Tem. She is a graduate of Commerce High School and the owner of Sandra’s Mini Storage. Sandra is married to Mack Garrison, Jr., they have 4 children Bucky, Kyle, Kody, Melinda Jo and 4 grandchildren. Sandra is a member of Homer United Methodist Church and is very active in other civic organizations.


Jerry W. Payne 
Council Member

Jerry W. Payne has served as council member since 2006 and was appointed Mayor pro-tem in 2010. He is a lifelong resident of Banks County and has been a Town of Homer resident for 43 years. He is a 1966 graduate of Banks County High School and a 1971 graduate of Atlanta Christian College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a major in Christian Ministers and a minor in Christian Education. He has been the minister of Harmony Christian Church in Commerce since 1970. In 2004, after 34 years of service, he retired from the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. He is married to Donna Garrison Payne and they have two children, Joy and John.


David Syfan