Mayor Jerry Peterman
Term: 2011 – 2013
Mayor Jerry Peterman is a lifetime resident of Graham. After graduating from Graham High School in 1967, Mayor Peterman spent the next four years aboard the USS Hancock CVA 19 in the Tonkan Gulf of Vietnam where his responsibilities were ship safety and fire fighting. After being honorably discharged in 1972, Mayor Peterman started a career with the Graham Fire Department that lasted 30 years until his retirement on April 1, 2002 The Mayor still remains a part of the Graham Fire Department as a volunteer fire fighter.
The Mayor first ran for public office in 2003 and was elected to the Graham City Council and served the next two years as Mayor Pro Tem. In 2005 Mayor Peterman was the first person to be elected Mayor of Graham by the citizens of Graham since the 1950’s when the City Council would appoint one of its’ own members as Mayor.
In addition to his Mayoral duties, Mayor Peterman is a member of the Mayors Committee for Persons with Disabilities, serving as Chair Person in 2009. Mayor Peterman is the President of the Graham Historical Society, Chair of the Graham Historical Museum, a member of the Graham High School Boosters Club, Council Representative to the Appearance Commission, the Tree Board, the Fireman Pension Fund, the New Leaf Society and a former Council liaison member of the Transportation Advising Committee.
Mayor Peterman has been married to Jan Brantley Peterman for 36 years and they have one son, Jeremy, who is studying his doctorate at Arizona State. Mayor Peterman is a Deacon and lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Graham.
The Mayor Believes that he has a duty to the citizens of Graham to represent them in an open fashion with their best interests first.