This media kit provides information about the City of Newnan, its government structure, city administration, elected officials, and more. Members of the media will also find information about media requests, public records, and covering city meetings.
If you have any additional questions about the City of Newnan or are a member of the media seeking more information, please contact Aimee Hadden at (678) 673-5512 or email at email@example.com.
About the City of Newnan
The City of Newnan is the county seat of Coweta County located in the west-central part of Georgia. The City is located about thirty-five miles southwest of Atlanta, with Interstate 85 running through the eastern part of the City.
A century and a half ago the small City of Newnan was carved out of the homeland of the proud Indian Creek Nation. Newnan stands in the preserved natural beauty of its surroundings while thriving as an independent commercial and industrial trade center. As a residential community, Newnan has become widely known for its shady tree-lined streets and a large number of historic homes. Victorian and Classical Revival style houses are prevalent, but Eclectic, Plantation Plain, and Plantation Variant styles are also common. Local builders have strived to maintain this quality in Newnan's modern homes, creating an aesthetic balance of old and new. A large number of recreational areas and the preservation of natural settings are the finishing touches to the city's picturesque landscape.
In 1828, eight streets were surveyed to form what would become downtown Newnan. The City was laid out in a grid pattern, and six of the streets still bear their original names, which honor famous Americans such as Jackson, Jefferson, Washington, and Madison. The new town was named in honor of General Daniel Newnan of Georgia. As one of the campaign leaders of the War of 1812, he survived severe wounds at Camp Defiance in 1813 to later become Georgia Adjutant General, Secretary of State, and a member of the United States Congress.
Newnan is home to six National Register historic districts, which contain some of Georgia's most beautiful homes and commercial buildings. Many homes are in the Antebellum and Victorian styles that dominated Newnan's early and mid-19th century development. Buildings that make up the central business district comprise several architectural styles, including Neoclassical, Italianate, Classical Revival, Romanesque, and Victorian. Newnan's six historic districts are Cole Town, College-Temple, Downtown, Greenville-Lagrange, Newnan Cotton Mill, Mill Village, and Platinum Pointe.
City of Newnan Accolades
Newnan has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and six council members elected every four years, and a city manager to run the day-to-day operations. The mayor and six council members are elected by city-wide vote. Six council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.
Newnan adopted the council-manager form of government in 1960. The City Council represents the interests of citizens of Newnan by adopting public policies, determining the City's mission, the scope of service, and tax levels, passing ordinances, approving new projects and programs, and ratifying the budget.
Appointed by and reporting to the City Council, the City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and is charged with the implementation of City Council adopted policies and directives and the day-to-day operations of the City. The City Manager is responsible for hiring directors to oversee each department.
Newnan Mayor and City Council
The Mayor and City Council members are responsible for setting policy and rely on the City Manager to implement policy direction in which the City operates.
City Manager and Assistant City Managers
The City of Newnan operates under a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and Council are responsible for making policy direction in which the City operates. The city manager is responsible for carrying out those directions, as well as providing vision and leadership to the organization and for overseeing the daily operations of city government.
City of Newnan Mission
The mission of the City of Newnan is "to provide cost-effective programs and services while continuously focusing on preserving and enhancing the quality of life that is enjoyed by all Newnan citizens."
The City of Newnan is committed to an open, transparent government. We are an agency covered by Georgia's Open Records Law, O.C.G.A. 50-18-70, et. seq. Under this law, all public records shall be open for personal inspection, and copying, except those which by order of a court or by law are specifically exempted from disclosure.
By resolution of the Newnan City Council, adopted at the regular meeting held on November 24, 2020, the City Clerk is designated as Open Records Officer for the City of Newnan for all City Records except for requests for all records maintained by the City of Newnan Police Department. The Administrative Assistant to the Police Chief is hereby designated as Open Records Officer for the Newnan Police Department for all requests for records maintained by the City of Newnan.
All open records requests must be made in writing and served upon the appropriate Open Records Officer in one of the following ways:
For all city records except for records maintained by the City of Newnan:
1. In-person during normal business hours of the City, at: 25 Lagrange Street, Newnan, GA
2. By mail addressed to: Open Records Officer, City of Newnan, P.O. Box 1193, Newnan, GA 30264
3. By statutory overnight delivery addressed to Open Records Officer, City of Newnan, 25 Lagrange Street, Newnan, Georgia 30263
4. By email addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. By online form, here.
For all records maintained by the Newnan Police Department:
1. In-person during normal business hours of the City of Newnan, Police Department, 1 Joseph Hannah Boulevard, Newnan, GA 30263
2. By mail addressed to Open Records Officer, City of Newnan Police Department, 1 Joseph Hannah Boulevard, Newnan, GA 30263
3. By statutory overnight delivery addressed to Open Records Officer, City of Newnan Police Department, 1 Joseph Hannah Boulevard, Newnan, GA 30263
4. By email addressed to email@example.com
5. By online form, here.
The enforcement provisions of O.C.G.A. 50-18-73 & 74, shall be available only to enforce non-compliance when a written request is made consistent with this notice. No enforcement shall be available for non-compliance with oral requests.
Forms for making written requests are available, without charge, at Newnan City Hall, 25 Lagrange Street.
City of Newnan Public Meetings
There are various meetings held throughout the City of Newnan. These meetings are listed on the city's event calendar on the homepage.
Interested in speaking at a public meeting? Call, visit or complete the following form with the City Clerk's Office to request to speak at a City Council meeting.