Theresa Kenerly Wiki
Theresa Kenerly City Mayor at City of Hoschton Hoschton, Georgia. She accused of discrimination against a Black job candidate after she allegedly removed his resume from consideration “because he is Black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”
Hoschton, Georgia, Mayor Theresa Kenerly is under fire after city council members say she rejected a job candidate because he was black and the city “isn’t ready for this” https://t.co/bwfwNwmOMv pic.twitter.com/foGmX7UUre
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) May 6, 2019
Theresa Kenerly, 62, is a Hoschton native. She grew up on her family’s farm, according to her father’s obituary. Kennerly is divorced and was married twice. She has two children and five grandchildren.
Kenerly’s family is well known in Hoschton and the surrounding community. Theresa Hoschton’s parents, Tom Kenerly and Mary Ann Kenerly, owned businesses and land in the city, including a 14,600-square-foot office building named the T.M. Kenerly Building. They purchased a 286-farm in Hoschton in 2002 and Theresa Kenerly had previously livered there.
Kenerly deleted her Facebook page after it was bombarded with angry comments about her statements.
Kenerly allegedly made the comment during a March 4 closed-door session to the council member and then reportedly repeated the comments to Councilwoman Hope Weeks outside after the meeting, according to a document released by the city in response to an open records request from the AJC.
“Hoschton Mayor pulled the resume of Keith Henry “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this”
She must resign!!!
— X͟͟L͟͟V͟͟2P͟͟R͟͟I͟͟S͟͟O͟͟N͟͟ (@XLV2PRISON) May 6, 2019
Kenerly pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four candidates and told a City Council member she did it, “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this,” the Journal-Constitution reports. The statement was made during a closed-door session of the City Council on March 4, according to documents obtained by the newspaper and statements from city council members and other officials.
Mayor Theresa Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.” https://t.co/1HCqbq9EMs
— Errin Haines Whack (She/Her) (@emarvelous) May 6, 2019
Council Member Jim Cleveland added to the controversy with comments to the Journal-Constitution defending Kenerly. He told the newspaper that Kenerly was “looking out” for Henry because the city is mostly white. He called the city a “predominantly white community” that does things differently.
“I understood where she was coming from. I understand Theresa saying that, simply because we’re not Atlanta. Things are different here than they are 50 miles down the road,” he told the newspaper. “I don’t know how they would take it if we selected a black administrator. She might have been right.”
Cleveland added, “I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I believe. I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.”
This is Mayor Theresa Kenerly of Hoschton, GA. 50 miles outside of Atlanta. Doesn’t think her town is “ready” for a black city manager. (And is denying it, even though, not to be a bitch, I can tell she’s racist immediately from the hair) pic.twitter.com/u0SsYJybGr
— Hannah Riley (@hannahcrileyy) May 6, 2019
The city of Hoschton is located in Jackson County, Georgia, about 50 miles north of Atlanta. According to the 2010 census, Hoschton has a population of 1,377 and is 93 percent white and 4.85 percent black. According to the Journal-Constitution, Hoschton is expected to see major growth, with the upcoming construction of thousands of new homes. The Hoschton City Council is scheduled to meet May 6 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Some residents say they plan to call for Kenerly and Cleveland to resign.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Kenerly Gave a ‘Tearful’ Apology at a Closed Meeting, but a Council Member Says ‘She Shouldn’t Be Apologizing to Us, but to the Person, She Harmed & the City’
- She Was First Elected to the City Council in 2007, Saying She Ran Because She ‘Doesn’t Want to See That Little Town Change’
- Kenerly Was the Campaign Treasurer for Her Cousin, Who Pleaded Guilty to Taking Bribes From Developers While He Was a Gwinnett County Commissioner
- Kevin Kenerly resigned from office in August 2014 and pleaded guilty to a bribery charge, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- He was accused of accepting $1 million in bribes from developers while in office. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation and maintained his innocence
- Theresa Kenerly, then known as Theresa Dodd, was not accused of any criminal wrongdoing.
- Theresa Hoschton’s parents, Tom Keneally and Mary Ann Kenerly, owned businesses and land in the city, including a 14,600-square-foot office building