Name: John Paulson
Office: Dist. 1
Background: Paulson, a registered professional engineer, has lived in Sandy Springs for 23 years.
He served in the Marine Corps and spent seven months in Vietnam in 1969. Afterwards, the Chicago native earned a masters degree in engineering and material science from the University of Illinois.
In 1976, he began working as a Geotechnical engineer in the nuclear power industry with Sargent & Lundy in Chicago. In 1986 he moved to Sandy Springs to work in Exxon Chemical’s construction fabrics division. For the last five years, he has co-owned Alpharetta-based REDI Engineering, which specializes in retaining wall design.
Paulson supported the city’s incorporation as a volunteer with the Committee for Sandy Springs for several years. He is also involved with Northridge Forest Homeowners’ Association and served as the organization’s president for four years, leading residents in successful litigation against Fulton County’s attempts to zone high-rise development near Northridge Road and Ga. 400.
In addition, he has served as chairman and president with such professional and industry organizations as the North American Geosynthetics Society and was chairman for two years for the Geosynthetics Institute at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
John and his wife, Mary, have two adult children, Stephanie and Jeffrey.
Name: Wilson James “Jim” Squire III
Office: Dist. 1
Background: Squire moved back to Sandy Springs one-and-a-half years ago after living in the area in the 1980s.
The Savannah native is a long-time franchise executive and currently works as franchise advisor for the HoneyBaked Ham Company. He served as director of franchise development for the company from 2005 to 2009.
Prior to that, Squire was president and CEO of Georgia Cheesesteak, Inc., the area developer and franchisee for Philly Connection. His other professional experience includes president and CEO of Franchise Marketing, Inc. and MO-JOE’s, Inc., as well as senior positions with the Great American Cookie Company and Arby’s International.
Squire is a member and past board chairman for the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, member of the International Franchise Association’s Franchisor Forum and former board member of the International Franchise Association and the IFA Educational Foundation. He serves as chairman of the board of the Southeast Franchise Forum and is a member of the Georgia Executive Franchisor Council.
Squire also is chairman emeritus of the Georgia Restaurant Association and member of Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality Industry Advisory Board. He is past president of the restaurant division of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, which presented Squire with the Chairman’s Award in 2003 and designated him Food Service Industry Leader of the Year in 1990.
Squire and his wife, Donna, have two children and one grandson.
Name: William C. “Chip” Collins
Office: Dist. 3
Background: A graduate of Riverwood High School, Collins moved to Sandy Springs at the age of four and moved back to the city with his wife, Gigi, in 1999 to raise his four children: Liam, Aidan, Henry and Grace.
He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia and has practiced as an attorney for 19 years. He currently is a partner at Burr & Forman LLP. His practice is focused on the litigation of business disputes, including those involving breach of contract, commercial lending, unfair competition, real estate and employment issues.
From 2001 through 2006, Collins served as vice chairman of the Committee for Sandy Springs, which lead the city to incorporation in 2005. Collins served a three-year term on the board of Heritage Sandy Springs. He also provided legal counsel for the Sandy Springs Turtles project from 2004 to 2005 and helped to resolve the legal issues when the turtle statues were vandalized.
In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia and Atlanta Bar Association.
Collins has coached his three sons’ little league baseball teams at the Northside Youth Organization since 2003 and was honored with the Positive Coaching Award for his league in 2009.
Name: Willis W. “Bill” Cleveland
Office: Dist. 3
Background: Cleveland is a 40-year resident and long-time Sandy Springs volunteer.
He works as financial program manager with ADC Professional Services, where he maintains a contract with his former employer AT&T. Cleveland worked in engineering, project and program management for AT&T from 1977 to 2004.
He holds a master’s degree in political science from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.
Cleveland served four terms as president of the Whispering Pines Neighborhood Association. He is a charter board member of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and the Sandy Springs Conservancy. Cleveland has served on the boards of Heritage Sandy Springs and the Sandy Springs Civic Roundtable. He recently resigned as board member of Sandy Springs Revitalization Inc. to focus on his campaign.
In 2001, Cleveland was honored with the Spirit of Sandy Springs award from the Sandy Springs Society for his volunteer efforts.
He and his wife, Lisa, have a 7-year-old, Christy, who attends Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School.
Name: Tiberio “Tibby” DeJulio (Incumbent)
Office: Dist. 5
Background: DeJulio has been a resident of Sandy Springs since 1981. He is a certified financial planner, civic volunteer and a decorated Vietnam veteran.
DeJulio is senior vice president and branch manager of Wells Fargo. He earned a business undergraduate degree and an MBA in finance from Stetson University.
DeJulio has worked for the last 22 years to help create the City of Sandy Springs. He joined Mayor Eva Galambos in 1987 as vice chair with the Committee for Sandy Springs. He also has served as chair of the city transition Financial Task Force and president of Citizens for Sandy Springs.
DeJulio served in the U.S. Army infantry division for two years, including one year in Vietnam. For his service, he was awarded a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, including one for Valor, and an Air Medal for making combat assault in helicopters.
In 1987, he joined the High Point Civic Association and remained involved for 18 years until he was elected to City Council.
He and his wife, Gayle, have one child, Candler.
Name: Deborah Hull
Office: Dist. 5
Background: Hull is a Sandy Springs native that attended Riverwood High School.
The long-time volunteer at Chastain Horse Park was employed in paint shops and did electrical work for Chamblee-based Associated Beach and Coulson.
She is currently a full-time student at Georgia Perimeter College where she is considering pursing a degree in English. She has expressed an interest in politics and community involvement.
Her father, Warren Hull, is a candidate for Sandy Springs mayor.