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Mark Pettitt

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District 9 Director

Mark Pettitt is a native of Gainesville and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Georgia. A product of Hall County Schools, he graduated from Johnson High School where he served as Class President and participated in Youth Leadership Hall.

As a lifelong resident of Hall County, Mark has dedicated much of his adult life to serving his community. In 2013 Mark was appointed to the Hall County Library System Board of Trustees and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2015. While serving on the library board, Pettitt spearheaded the implementation of the passport acceptance program at the Blackshear Place library, helped eliminate employee furloughs, worked to increase operating hours at each branch and built up the system’s fund balance by nearly 250%. Pettitt was also instrumental in working with the County Commission and Georgia General Assembly to secure funding for the renovation of the downtown Gainesville Library.

Additionally, he served as the south Hall appointee to the County’s first-ever Citizen’s SPLOST Oversight Committee from 2013-2018 and has been elected twice to the Georgia Republican Party State Committee.

Pettitt currently works for the University of North Georgia. Prior to that, he worked in Business Development and was a supervisor for UPS for several years. Mark lives in Chestnut Mountain and is a Director for the Gainesville Jaycees, a nonprofit group focused on service to humanity.