Downtown Savannah Authority

The Downtown Savannah Authority was created in 1974 by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. The said Authority is created for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, adding to, extending, improving, equipping, maintaining and operating public projects, public buildings and other public facilities, parking lots or garages and other parking structures and any and all other facilities useful or desirable in connection therewith, acquiring the necessary property therefor, both real and personal, with the right to contract for the use of or to lease or sell any or all of such facilities, including real property and to do any and all things deemed by the Authority necessary, convenient or desirable for and incident to the efficient and proper development and operation thereof.

Five (5) members, including Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed by City Council, as well as a member of Chatham County Delegation to the GA Legislature.

The Authority shall consist of five members. One of such members, who shall serve as Chairman of said Authority, shall be either the Mayor of the City of Savannah, Georgia, or a member of the City Council of the City of Savannah who shall serve during his term of office. The remaining four members of the Authority, selected by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, shall be residents and qualified voters of the City of Savannah, but no member of the City Council shall be eligible for appointment during his term of office.

Any member of the Authority may be selected and appointed to succeed himself. All appointments shall be for a term commencing on January 1 and ending on December 31 of the year of the expiration of the appointment. The members of the Authority shall enter upon their duties immediately upon taking office after such appointment.

Three members of the Authority shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the members is empowered to exercise the rights and perform all the duties of the Authority and no vacancies on the Authority shall impair the right of the quorum to act. In the event of a vacancy on the Authority through death, resignation or otherwise, same shall be filled for the unexpired term of the member ceasing to be a member of such Authority for any reason in the same manner that such member originally became a member of the Authority.

Min. Requirements:
The members of the Authority shall serve without compensation except that they shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The Authority shall make rules and regulations for its own government. It shall have perpetual existence. In the event the number of the members of the Authority or the qualifications of the membership or the manner in which the members of the Authority shall be selected shall ever be the subject of change, the same may be accomplished by an Act of the General Assembly, except that the General Assembly may not alter the term of office of any duly appointed member then serving.

Four (4) year terms

Current Members Appointed by the City of Savannah:




Mayor Van R. Johnson, II


Term of Office

Lester Jackson
State Senator


Term of Office

Christian J. Steinmetz, III



Joseph N. Bell, Jr.



Kevin Finley



Theodore (Ted) Kleisner



For more information, please contact:

David Maxwell, Chief Finance Officer
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 651-6434