He was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 14, 1929 and was a member of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church. Prior to entering politics, he made career as a basketball player and as an insurance agent.
Rousakis was elected to the Chatham County Commission in 1965 and eventually became Vice-Chairperson of that institution.
He won re-election in 1974, 1978, 1982 and 1986.
He attempted a political comeback in 1995, but finished third with only 23% of the vote.
Under Rousakis' mayorship, River Street was revitalized, the police department and public work activities were modernized and the unpolluting of the Savannah River was undertaken. However, the situation of public housing worsened and the local crime and murder rates increased.
In 1976, he played the role of a hotel clerk in a scene in the movie "Gator."
- Savannah Morning News, August 5, 1970
- Savannah Morning News, November 6, 1991
- Savannah Morning News, November 8, 1995
- Savannah Morning News, December 11, 2000
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