Derek Easterling is the Mayor of Kennesaw. He is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980 and served as a submariner, where he rapidly advanced his career. In 1990, he was selected for the Naval Officer Indoctrination Course. He attained the rank of Lieutenant and completed his service through an early retirement option in 1996. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
In 2003, Derek completed law enforcement officer training and joined the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff where he served until 2010. He relocated to Tampa in 2010 to care for an aging parent where he accepted a position as a Hillsborough County School District Field Inspector. In 2012, he returned to Georgia and was employed as the Security Supervisor for Kennestone WellStar Hospital until April of 2015.
Derek is in his first term as Mayor of Kennesaw; he began his service in January 2016 with a term ending in December 2019.
Civic and community involvement is very important to Derek. He is active in school system support activities and served two years as Co-President of the Awtrey Middle School PTSA. He has coached baseball for the Kennesaw Baseball Association and spends time helping families with special needs children.
Derek and his wife Dawn have been married for 11 years.
Alzheimer’s is personal for me. My grandmother passed away not knowing who her son was, let alone me. In the course of a few short years she plummeted from a youthful spryness to a defeated and broken victim of Alzheimer’s. She died not remembering who we were to her and what she meant to us.
What my grandmother experienced was painful. It was as equally painful to watch. Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed … and I don’t want anyone to be forgotten.
I am participating in the Battle for the Brain in honor of a loved one lost and with the hope others won’t have to experience what our family has experienced. We must commit to eliminate Alzheimer’s which means we must commit to raising money and awareness to continue the fight. It takes money to provide and enhance the care and support for those afflicted. It takes money for research and we cannot stop until we find a cure. Kennesaw, let’s show the world how committed we are to finding a cure!
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