Council Member Dick Pelley


Council Member Dick Pelley was first elected to a four year term on the City Council during the November 2002 election and was re-elected to serve another four year term in November 2006 and November 2010.

Dick moved to Athens in 1991 and immediately began serving on several city committees prior to being elected to the City Council. He is married to Sylvia Pelley who teaches at Ingleside Elementary School. His one daughter, Jill, resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Mike Burke. For his day job, Dick teaches at Tennessee Wesleyan College where he is a tenured Professor of Psychology. Dick has hobbies that range from: reading a good mystery novel; playing an active game of racquetball; and helping people.

Dr. Pelley is a recent recipent of Rep. Harold Love, Community Service Award for 2010.

Council Member Pelley currently serves as the Council's representative on the Athens Regional Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. He also serves as the council's representative on the McMinn County Economic Development Authority and is an ex-officio member of the Recreation Advisory Board. Dr. Pelley serves on the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families.

"I serve on the council at the will of the people of Athens and approach the challenge of city government with a eagerness to serve and a willingness to learn."- Dick Pelley

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