Lillian Webb, barrier-breaking Republican politician, former Gwinnett County commission chairman and longtime mayor of Norcross, died Thursday morning after a brief illness. She was 87.
Known as "Miss Lillian," Webb became the first woman and first Republican to be elected to the Norcross City Council in 1969. Five years later, she was elected mayor.
In 1984, Webb became the first woman elected chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. She led the commission for eight years, helping guide Gwinnett in the early days of its transformation from sleepy suburb to metro Atlanta powerhouse, before returning to her native Norcross - where she again served as mayor, this time until 2008.Read more and see photos of Lillian Webb on ajc.com