Ross Norris was born in Oneonta, on July 30, 1951. A graduate of Oneonta High School in 1969, he served 6 years in the Alabama National Guard and 20 years on the Oneonta Parks and Recreation Board; after which he served 8 years on the Oneonta City Council, and is now in his second term as Mayor.
Ross is married to Vicki Self Norris, a graduate of Cleveland High School. They have one daughter, Anna Daniel, married to Chase Daniel of Atlanta, Georgia. They have one grand daughter Lennon Daniel.
Ross is retired from the Utilities Board of the City of Oneonta after working forty-three years in the area of field operations.