Vice Mayor 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, November 2010, and November 2014. In 2016, Dr. Pelley was elected to serve as Vice Mayor for the City of Athens, TN.
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 University 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 recipient of Rep. Harold Love, Community Service Award for 2010.
Vice Mayor Pelley currently serves as the Council's representative on the Athens Regional Planning Commission and McMinn County Juvenille Services board, 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.