SPARTA'S CITY COUNCIL
I have been a resident of Sparta and Hancock County, Georgia for my entire life. I was born on October 26, 1955. My father, Marion Lamar (Shorty) Roberts and my mother, Mrs. Catherine Smith Roberts were both born and raised in Hancock County. In May of 1973, I graduated from John Hancock Academy in Sparta, Georgia. My wife, Donna Womack Roberts, is also a native of Hancock County. We have been married 48 years. We have one child, Stephen Thomas Roberts.
In 1974 I was offered a job with The City of Sparta as assistant superintendent of the gas and water department. There I supervised the construction and maintenance of the city’s utility distribution system.
In 1979, Harvey T. Higdon, a local businessman, gave me the opportunity to manage and eventually purchase from him Ace Hardware Company of Sparta, Inc. . Mr. Higdon had just purchased the business and did not have any knowledge of the plumbing, electrical, or construction business. He needed someone with experience, so I accepted the offer. I purchased the business from him in 1982. Since that time, the business has grown to include a construction division and plumbing and electrical service company.
Over the years, I have served many organizations, both civic and private. I served on the John Hancock Academy School Board as a member and as president for about 6 years. I have served on The Sandersville Technical School Advisory Board for 10 years. I served on the United Security Bank Board of Directors for about 20 years. I was appointed to the Hancock County Hospital Corporation Board in 1986.
I have served on the Hancock County Vocational Education Advisory Board, as well. I am a member of the Sparta Lions Club and I am a member of the Sparta/Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and served as the chairman of the first Pine Tree Festival that is sponsored by The Chamber. I serve as Vice Chairman of the Hancock County Industrial Development Authority. I am a Deacon at Sparta Baptist Church and have served as Chairman several times. I am a level 1B inspector for The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. I am the Hancock County Building Inspector. I served as a volunteer fireman for 32 years, and served as Fire Chief for 24 years. In 2015 I was elected to the Sparta City Council . It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the City of Sparta for the last five years.
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SANDRA F ROSS SHERROD
A native of Sparta and the proud mother of two children, councilman Sherrod has been employed with the Hancock County Board of Education for 26 years and worked in the medical field for over 28. Serving as a council member for 9 years, she enjoys helping the citizens in the community and finding ways to improve the quality of life in the city.
PRINCE RAV YISRAEL
Prince Rav Yisrael originally moved to Sparta in 2017. He was elected to City Council in 2021. He is a serial entrepreneur and educator. He is the proprietor of several businesses in the City of Sparta, a full-time entrepreneur, and a former volunteer EMT with the Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
He has worked 11 years as an educator at Job Corps, is currently completing a Doctorate of Business Administration. He has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the American Military University and a leadership certification from Columbia University and an American Constitution certification from Yale University.
He has worked on several charitable ventures in the community and his governmental motto is “A transparent government with community involvement best serves the needs of the people.”