First Citizen of Cherokee County

John Barker (r), 2019 Chamber Chairman and Owner of Delphi Global Technology, congratulates Raymond Rollins (l) the 2019 First Citizen of Cherokee County.

2019 First Citizen of Cherokee County
Raymond Rollins

The Chamber is pleased to announce that Raymond Rollins has been named the 44th recipient of the First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. He was honored during the Chamber’s 48th Annual Meeting held Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Born in Cherokee County almost 71 years ago, Raymond Rollins was raised in Waleska where he attended R.M. Moore School, later graduating from Cherokee High School.  Following high school graduation, he served for one year with the City of Canton Police Department.  He then went to work for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office while he attended Reinhardt College.  After completing two years at Reinhardt, Mr. Rollins transferred to West Georgia College in Carrollton where he graduated with degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. While at West Georgia, he was the first student to ever be hired as a campus police officer.  Following Graduation from West Georgia, Mr. Rollins began his career as the Unit Administrator at the National Guard Armory in Canton where he performed a variety of duties ultimately retiring as Staff Sergeant with 22 years of service.  During this time, he was deployed and sent to California during Desert Storm.

Following his retirement, from the National Guard Armory, Mr. Rollins worked for the Juvenile Detention Center in Marietta.  He then served for 15 years as the Division Manager for the Department of Veterans’ Services in Rome.

A member of the Masons for 40 years through the Sharp Top and Waleska Masonic Lodges, Mr. Rollins was also a member of the Cherokee Shrine Club for 35 years serving as President in 2000, collecting over $100,000 for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.  Active in Canton’s American Legion Thomas M. Brady Post 45 for some 27 years, he is currently the commander of the Legion – a position he has held for the past 16 years.  Named the Canton Rotary Club Volunteer of the Year for 2016, Mr. Rollins was Commander of the Sons of the American Legion for the State of Georgia during 2016 and 2017.  From 2013 to 2015, he served as the American Legion’s 9th District Commander.

The current co-coordinator of Canton’s Independence Day and Veterans Day Parades, Mr. Rollins is also the current President of the Cherokee County Fair Association which coordinates the fair each September.  Throughout the years, he has spent countless hours assisting veterans’ get their well-deserved benefits and when needed, drives them down to the VA clinic in Decatur.

“The Cherokee County Chamber was honored to name ­Mr. Rollins as the 44th recipient of the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award.  It is obvious, based upon his accomplishments, why he was selected,” remarked John Barker, Owner of Delphi Global Technology, and 2019 Chamber Board Chair.

The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon a resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement.  A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit.  The 2019 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Scott McElroy who was selected in 2018.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, a Georgia Certified Chamber of Commerce, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.  For more information on the Chamber and its programs, visit