Robb Pitts is the current Fulton County Commissioner representing District 2, which includes the entire County. He was elected to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010. During his tenure, he has advocated for diversification in revenue sources to relieve the tax burden on property owners by reducing spending, cutting waste and backing initiatives to bring casino gaming to Fulton County.
Commissioner Pitts previously served as a member of the Atlanta City Council for 20 years, chairing the Finance and Community Development committees for several years. He encouraged efficiency in city operations and procurement procedures, earning a reputation as the “taxpayers’ watchdog” by scrutinizing spending and diligently reviewing the annual budgeting process. Elected president of the Atlanta City Council in 1997, he was a strong supporter of initiatives leading to tax relief for the elderly, including the reduction of sanitation fees and an increase in homestead exemptions for qualified seniors.
Once elected to the Fulton County Commission, Commissioner Pitts continued these efforts, sponsoring legislation to promote residential senior housing in Fulton County, among numerous other initiatives.
A businessman and former college professor, Commissioner Pitts earned undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, business administration, languages and Latin American Studies at Ohio University, La Academia Hispanomericana, Kent State University and La Universidad Interamericana. Locally, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University and studied at Georgia State University.
He was an instructor at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; visiting professor and guest lecturer at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; and assistant professor at Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta.
Commissioner Pitts most recently served as a Financial Representative with New England Financial and currently is an independent insurance agent and marketing consultant.
Active in a variety of community programs and an avid arts patron, Commissioner Pitts has served on the boards of organizations such as the Georgia Municipal Association, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Economic Development Corporation, Urban Residential Finance Authority, Latin American Association, Atlanta Ballet, Arts Festival of Atlanta, and Center for the Puppetry Arts. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Fluent in Spanish, Pitts also has an extensive background in international affairs. In 2003, he sponsored legislation leading to the creation of a Fulton County Office of International Affairs. He played a key role in presenting Atlanta’s Olympic bid to the International Olympic Committee. He has participated in a number of international cultural exchange programs, including the Friendship Force and the Sister Cities program. He has also worked closely with Georgia’s Consular Corps.
A native of Haddock, Georgia, Commissioner Pitts and his wife, Fran, have one daughter.