City Manager

B.R. White

Hired as the City’s Community Development Director in November of 2017. B.R. began his local government service, part-time with City of Winder while in college, and has worked full-time in local government since 1987, holding various positions in geographic information system, planning and zoning administration with Barrow County, Jackson County and Oconee County governments.

B. R. holds an undergraduate degree in Geography with a concentration in Urban and Economic Geography, and a Master of Public Administration degree, with a background of study in Public Program Evaluation, Public Finance Administration, Management and Public Policy Analysis. His professional certifications in Geographic Information Systems and Erosion and Sediment Control.

Local and Professional memberships and affiliations include, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council, a team member on the Hall County Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators, Georgia Planning Association, American Planning Association, National Association of Public Administrators, Association of American Geographers, and International Erosion Control Association.


Finance Director

Carl Stephens

Carl was appointed Finance Director for the City of Oakwood in 2017, and has over 30 years of governmental finance experience. This experience includes a rarity of having been the finance director for a Georgia county (Hall County), a utility (Clayton County Water Authority), and a city (City of Brookhaven). In those capacities, his’ department has earned several GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Awards and the GFOA’s Certificate for Achievement in Financial Reporting, which are the highest standards in governmental finance. Carl has also served as a budget officer in county and municipal governments developing annual operating and capital budgets, major capital improvement plans, debt-funding for major capital investments, utility rate models, and cost of service studies. In his’ capacity as finance director, he supports the City Manager, City Departments and Mayor and City Council with timely, accurate, and complete information, while cooperatively guiding the City in a fiscally responsible manner.


Permit Clerk

Peggy Funderburk



Code Enforcement

Joshua Merck

Shortly after graduating from Chestatee Highschool in 2014, Merck began a Law Enforcement career with the Hall County’ Sheriff’s Office. After approximately 4.5 years in Law Enforcement, including 14 months with the Oakwood Police Department, Merck transitioned into Code Enforcement for the City of Oakwood.

Merck and his family have very deep roots within Hall County, tracing all the way back to New Holland in Gainesville, Georgia. Merck is extremely proud to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Oakwood. He is also a team member of the Hall County Georgia Initiative for Community Housing as well as The Georgia Association of Code Enforcement.

Merck and his bride, Hannah, count themselves blessed to be a part of the Oakwood family.


Certified City Clerk

Mai Chang

Ms. Chang has over 14 years of governmental experience in Property Tax, Accounting, Budget Preparation, Utility Billings and Accounts Payable. Her government experience combined with her Human Resources, and Financial skills bring her in as an asset to the City.

She is a certified Georgia Municipal City Clerk and Local Finance Officer.  Ms. Chang brings with her to the City of Oakwood her talent and experiences in a variety of areas. She recently served as a City Administrator and prior to that, she served as the City Clerk and an Accounts Payable Clerk for two municipalities. In the City Administrator position, Ms. Chang was responsible for the daily management of the City. She supervised the Police, Public Works Water/Sewer, Finance and Building departments. In her past position as City Clerk, she handled Water and Property Tax Billings, Business and Alcohol Licensing, Building Permits, Human Resources and served as the Election Superintendent.

Ms. Chang has a degree from Athens Technical College in Business Office Technology, and she is also continuing her Master Certification in City Clerk.