Kelly is the daughter of Tom and Carol Kautz. Carol recently retired from a long career in education. She taught
P.E. for over twenty years at Lilburn Middle School where Kelly was the mascot when she was little. Carol also
taught for seven years at St. John Neumann Catholic School. Tom is the former manager of the old Snellville
Hardware and currently works with Kelly in her legal practice.
Kelly grew up in the Snellville area. She is a graduate of Brookwood High School. While at Brookwood, Kelly
was very involved in the community. Kelly served on several task forces in Gwinnett County and was recognized
as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by former Governor Zell Miller.
After high school, Kelly moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. While in Athens, she continued her
commitment to the community by working with the Athens Downtown Development Authority, the UGA Alumni
Association and the Student Government to better community/university relations. In such Kelly was placed with
the responsibility of producing the UGA Homecoming Parade, Pep Rally and half-time show and she served on
Kelly graduated Cum Laude from UGA with a degree in Political Science. Kelly also went onto graduate from
UGA with her Juris Doctorate degree. She was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and recognized in
both Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities and Who’s Who Among Law Schools. She is
currently a member of Who's Who for Lawyers and Women.
During law school Kelly worked for the Clarke County District Attorney’s office prosecuting juvenile cases. After
law school she was awarded a clerkship in the Northern Judicial Circuit. After her clerkship Kelly returned to
prosecution. She worked in the District Attorney’s Office in Walton County as an Assistant District Attorney
prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony cases. Kelly then practiced with WNCW one of the largest real
estate law firms in the southeast.
Currently, Kelly resides in the Summit Chase community with her border collie
named Maverick. She operates her own law practice in Snellville where
she is dedicated to helping residents with all of their legal needs. Kelly stays
involved in the community through her membership in organizations such as
Snellville Tourism and Trade, University of Georgia Alumni Association and
Summit Chase HOA and country club. Kelly is a lifelong member of St.
John Neumann Catholic Church. Currently she is the President of the Gwinnett
County Defense Bar and the Chairperson of the Snellville Days Parade.
Prior to being elected as Snellville's first female Mayor, Kelly served on the Snellville City Council and teh
Snellville Planning Commission.
Kelly hopes to utilize her upbringing, experiences, legal knowledge and natural leadership abilities to lead
Snellville as its Mayor and to work for the residents of the City.