Mayor Eva Galambos listens as Councilman Tibby DeJulio, to her right, tells her the street leading up to the new city hall will be named Galambos Way. To her immediate left is her husband, John, and to John’s left is their son, Mike. Dec. 17 was Galambos’ last meeting as Sandy Springs Mayor. She was first elected in 2005.

On Dec. 17, the night of Mayor Eva Galambos’ last City Council meeting, accolades dominated the agenda.

She was first elected in 2005, after years of helping lead the effort to incorporate the north Fulton County city. She decided against running for a third term, and Mayor-elect Rusty Paul will succeed her next month.

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs named Galambos a Paul Harris Fellow, an award named after the founder of Rotary International.

Gov. Nathan Deal sent over a commendation. City Councilman Tibby DeJulio, who worked with Galambos for years to make Sandy Springs its own city, said the mayor doesn’t usually take “no” for an answer.

“When you work with Eva there is no compromise with quality. Everything has to be done right. Of course, it has to be done right this minute,” DeJulio said with a smirk. “There’s a wrong way, there’s a right way, and there’s Eva’s way.”

City staff unveiled a sign for a road that will lead to Sandy Springs future city hall. It will be called “Galambos Way.”

Then the mayor said goodbye to the City Council, her way.

Galambos is known for being focused and tenacious. She is not, however, known for being overly-sentimental. It’s just not her style.

But the public saw a moment of tenderness from the mayor on Tuesday. She explained that in her family, whenever there’s a special occasion, someone has to write a poem. She then read a poem she’d written about her fellow council members.

Here is her untitled poem written as a tribute to her colleagues, council members Dianne Fries, Karen Meinzen McEnerny, Chip Collins, Tibby DeJulio, Gabriel Sterling and John Paulson:

One event one right after another

We come together just like magic

Dianne is super party mother

She always gets it all together

Karen has always been a pro

On follow up questions a few galore

Trees and density need precedence

To serve and impress our constituents

I remember Chip’s own election

Hauling yard signs tripled every faction

He lists the pros and cons in his debate

And leads the council to a sound fate

Beware you petitioner with an Atlanta address

For good ole Tibby will promptly address

There is no way we can handle this matter

If you tell me it’s located in Atlanta

Gabriel hates eminent domain

But his “no” vote is in vain

Individual rights are his true passion

And these he pursues in his own fashion

(John) a fully qualified engineer

Because of him we have no fear

He is very welcome in our midst

Lake Forrest landslide will be fixed

It’s been a great and short eight years

We’ve tackled small and big affairs

We set a tone for those to follow

I have no fears about tomorrow

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of