Rodney began his term on the City Council in January of 2014. He has lived in Berkeley Lake since 1997. He is retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was a senior executive and scientist within the field of injury prevention. His wife is Andrita Hammond who is also retired from the Fulton County Schools as a special education math and science teacher in the middle schools. Since his retirement he consults on a part-time basis in areas of behavioral and public health and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia. In retirement he also volunteers service on a number of community boards including the Mental Health Task Force of the Carter Presidential Center and the Board Trustees of Neighbor to Family, a national child foster care organization.
Prior to serving on city council, Rodney has devoted many years to community service within Berkeley Lake.
- Starting in 1997 he served two terms on the Board of the Berkeley Lake Homeowners Association. During that time he helped with the project to dredge Lake Berkeley using settlement funds from a local developer.
- Later, he worked with the City and Gwinnett County to review plans for the commercial development of the 23 acre property along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and South Berkeley Lake Road. That led to the development of the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center and Park as a more desirable land use option for residents of the City of Berkeley Lake.
- He helped establish the Berkeley Lake Conservancy in 2003 which led to the creation of the conservation easement and land trust along the City of Berkeley Lake Greenspace.
- Beginning in 2004 he was a member of the City of Berkeley Lake Planning and Zoning Commission and served as the chair of the commission for two terms. Highlights from his service on the planning and zoning commission included working with the developer of River District along the Chattahoochee River below the Lake Berkeley Dam to preserve trees along the upper ridge near Berkeley Lake Road.
- Rodney worked with the planning and zoning commission, the mayor, and city council to recommend future annexation of commercial tracts bordering the City. Moreover, he helped recruit over 50 commercial business owners near the City of Berkeley Lake to seek voluntary annexation into the City. Those activities helped to strengthen the financial well-being of the city for the foreseeable future.
Rodney holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Florida State University and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois. He completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University. His current term on council ends December 31, 2021.
4040 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.
Berkeley Lake, GA 30096