Town Council

The Town council acts as the legislative branch of the town government, as well as its policy-making body. The council also looks to the town's goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances and strategic planning.

The town charter is the driving document behind what the council can and can't do. This document outlines the scope of what the government does as a whole, including its rules and responsibilities to the citizens, and what powers and checks guide and define the council. These duties and responsibilities can be summed up as "Do the very best to represent your constituents only after you've seen to the needs of the town as a whole."

The town council meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm and meetings are open to the public

memberJessica Finch, Council President

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Jessica, along with her husband Kevin and son Dean, moved to Welaka in 2004, purchasing the former Wolfe's Camp. That property is now known as Welaka Lodge & Resort.

She was elected to the town council in 2018 and as Council President in 2019.

Willie Washington

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Willie was born and raised in Putnam County. He was first elected to the town council in 1968.

He has served as a Putnam County Deputy as well as Welaka's Police Chief. Willie was married to Evelyn for nearly 60 years before she passed away in 2018. They have four daughters and one son as well as numerous grandchildren.

Jamie Watts

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Jamie is originally from Georgia and moved to Putnam County in 1983. He moved to Welaka in 2008 with his two children and was elected to the Welaka Town Council in 2009 where he continues to serve. He sees himself as a conservative servant of the people. He believes in small government, individual rights of the people and accountability to the people from their government.

Besides his service as a long-time council member, Jamie is also a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Florida and Georgia and currently operates several funeral homes.

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