Mayor & Council


 Andy Arnold is a LaFayette High School graduate and is a life-long resident of Walker County. A city resident for more than 35 years, he served on the city council from 2002-2013 and was elected Mayor in 2014. He retired teaching and coaching after a 30 year career at LaFayette High School. He is married to his wife of over 36 years, Teresa. They have three sons, Cameron (wife Rachel), Caleb (wife Chloé) and Carson. Andy and Teresa are active members of First Baptist Church of LaFayette.

Council Member Ward 1

CouncilGarmanyBeacher Garmany was raised in Rock Spring and graduated from LaFayette High School in 1960. He is a longtime resident of LaFayette. Beacher, along with his wife, JoAnne Garmany, moved to the city in 1975. The couple married in 1966. He and JoAnne have one daughter, Rechelle Garmany Adkins who currently resides in Augusta, GA. Beacher has over 37 years business experience as he owned Garmany Motors-GMC here in LaFayette from 1970-84, and served as a manufacturer’s representative from 1984-2007 when he retired. Beacher attends 1st Baptist Church of LaFayette, where has been a member since 1976. Beacher currently serves on the budget committee.

Council Member Ward 2

CouncilBenBradfordBen Bradford was born in 1978 and is a life-long resident of Walker County. He has lived inside the city limits since 2002. Ben graduated from LaFayette High School in 1997 and attended the University of the Cumberlands, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics in 2002. He taught science at the high school level for eight years before earning his juris doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2010. After graduating from law school, Ben worked as an assistant public defender for two years before joining the Law Firm of Wm. David Cunningham, P.C., located on the square in downtown LaFayette. On February 1, 2018, Ben bought the practice from Mr. Cunningham along with North Georgia Title & Abstracting Agency Inc, a real estate closing office operating out of the same location. Ben’s general law practice includes personal injury, criminal defense, real estate business law and estate planning. Ben and his wife, Lindsay, along with their three sons, Ryan, Jesse, and Max, attend Naomi Baptist Church.

Council Member Ward 3

CouncilJudyMeeksJudy Meeks was born and raised in Stevenson, Alabama. She graduated from Stevenson High School in 1966. Judy has been a LaFayette resident since 1969. She and her husband, Wallace, have two sons, Wally (Myrtle) Meeks and Stacey (Jennifer) Meeks. Judy retired from Mount Vernon Mills in Trion after 44 years of employment. Her work experience included leading the denim lab as manager. Currently serving her third term on the council, Judy was the first female elected to serve the City of LaFayette. She is also a member of the Airport Committee. Judy is also a member of Corinth Baptist Church. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. “Together, we make a better future for our city,” Meeks said.

Council Member Ward 4

CouncilChrisDavisChris Davis is a lifelong resident of LaFayette and graduated from LaFayette High School in 1993. Chris is a licensed real estate broker and agent at Real Estate Partners and a member of the NWGA Council of Realtors. Chris serves on the Utility Committee and the Airport Authority for LaFayette. Chris has one son Avery that attends North LaFayette 3rd grade. Chris is the 2017 Mayor Pro-Tem and also the 2017 Chair of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

Council Member At-Large

CouncilWayneSwansonWayne Swanson was born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1951. He moved to LaFayette later that year and graduated from LaFayette High School in 1970. In 1972 he was hired by the City of LaFayette as manager of the LaFayette Golf Course. He left the golf course in 1986 to open his own business. He has served on the council since 1997 and currently serves on the budget committee. He is employed at Five Star Food Service in LaFayette as the company’s Catering Manager.