Rhodes Shell has served on the Newnan City Council since 2006. During his tenure, he has supported numerous projects to benefit the local community, including the creation of the Newnan Justice Center, building a new fire station on Farmer Industrial Boulevard, renovating Newnan's downtown fire station, repaving roads, creating roundabouts, and installing new lights to prevent traffic accidents, and supporting pedestrian-friendly pathways. Other projects include the creation and renovation of numerous facilities and parks for the use of Newnan's citizens, including the Sprayberry Road Dog Park, LINC Pathway, HOP Pickleball Complex, Pickett Field, Lynch Park, and C. Jay Smith Park (the largest skate park in the state of Georgia), to name a few.
Rhodes is a Certified Financial Planner, TMP®, working in downtown Newnan with Avery Pope Wealth and Management. Rhodes was born in Newnan Hospital (now the Newnan Campus of the University of West Georgia - Newnan Campus), raised on Elm Street, and has lived in Newnan for 68 of his 76 years. Rhodes graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Industrial Engineering and also has an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.
In addition to his 15-year tenure on the city council, Rhodes has been involved in several local organizations over the past thirty years, including:
- Current board member and past president of the Newnan Rotary Club
- Past member of the Coweta Board of Education
- Past Chairman of the Newnan Convention Authority
- Past Chairman of the Newnan Coweta Planning Commission
Rhodes is a member of First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia. He has two daughters. Blake Shell of Portland, Oregon is the executive director of Oregon Contemporary Art Center, and Katherine Shell of Atlanta, Georgia is the senior director with Advance Law, a Mitratech Company. Katherine is expecting Rhodes' first grandchild in early 2022.
In his spare time, Rhodes enjoys biking on LaGrange Street and Smokey Road, swimming with a local swim team in Peachtree City, kayaking on the Chattahoochee, and traveling with his daughters and sons-in-law.