The History of Santa Claus, Georgia
A city with a constant holiday spirit, candy cane street posts, friendly residents, and loving atmosphere.
“Bill” William John Salem (June 5th, 1918 – September 8th, 1986) was the developer of Santa Claus, Georgia. In the early 1960’s, Salem built reasonably priced brick housing, and helped finance the homes which led to the growth of the city. Salem also built the water, sewage, and road systems.
“Bill” Salem was an entrepreneur, visionary and a dreamer. He not only gave his time, money, and knowledge, but he gave unselfishly of himself to the city.
His dream was to help people and to put Santa Claus on the map, so that everyone would have great memories of this town.
Not only was “Bill” Salem the builder of Santa Claus, he was “Santa Claus” to the residents.
Santa Claus City Council
Donita Bowen | Mayor
Eddie Wright | City Manager
City Council Members