City of LaGrange
| Jim Thornton is currently serving as the 42nd Mayor of LaGrange. His four-year term of office began in January 2014. Prior to his election as Mayor, he served one four-year term on the LaGrange City Council.
Mayor Thornton was born, raised, and educated in LaGrange. He graduated from LaGrange High School, LaGrange College, and Emory University Law School. After law school, Mayor Thornton returned to practice law in LaGrange and has been doing so actively for 16 years. He is currently a partner with the law firm of Thornton & Graham, P.C., where he specializes in real estate transactions, estate planning, and corporate law.
In addition to his elected leadership roles, Mayor Thornton has a long and distinguished record of community, civic, and church service. He has served as Chairman of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, has chaired the United Way of West Georgia fundraising campaign, has been a founding board member of the West Georgia Health Foundation and the Troup Cares Clinic, has served on the board of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the LaGrange Rotary Club since 1998. Mayor Thornton and his wife are graduates of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2008.
Mayor Thornton is a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange. He has served in numerous leadership roles in his church, is a regular Sunday school teacher, and has been certified as a lay speaker. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Mayor Thornton’s priorities for his administration are protecting the City’s finances by employing sound fiscal policies, strengthening the local economy through job growth and retail recruitment, and keeping citizens safe with first-class fire and police protection. He is an advocate for transparency in decision-making and strict ethical rules. Mayor Thornton believes that the City government should work to improve the quality of life for all citizens in the community by providing quality public services, utilities, transportation, and recreation.
The Mayor’s wife, Corinne Blencoe Thornton, works for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. They enjoy spending time with their three dogs and one cat, all of whom are rescues.
Anyone wishing to contact Mayor Thornton may do so by telephone at 706-883-2010 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.