Hogansville Mayor Jimmy Jackson will be leaving the city for good tonight, after 28 years of service.
“It’s been a wonderful time,” said Jackson, who had served as a councilman for 20 of those years and mayor for the latter two terms. “Eight years ago, I wanted to address all citizens’ needs and wanted to see things taken care of and I’m proud of what the city has become.”
City Manager James Woods said under Jackson’s leadership, the city had negotiated plans for a new library, the conversion of the city hall to a community center and the renovation of the city’s reservoir into a city park and beach.
“Mayor Jackson genuinely cared for the community and really wanted to be a good asset for the city,” said Woods. “He was extremely enjoyable to work with and very supportive. He worked hard with working with me and supported me in what changes I wanted to bring to the city.”
Jackson said he, too, is excited about the upcoming projects and said that bringing retailers like Fred’s and Ingles to Hogansville, and having all the streets paved have been some of his proudest contributions to the community.
Councilwoman Jean Crocker said Jackson was very easy to work with.
“He was very easy-going and willing to work and compromise for the best of the city,” she said. “He’s always had the answers to the citizens at heart.”
Councilman Thomas Pike, who worked with Jackson for 20 years, said Jackson was always for the growth of Hogansville.
“He worked for the people of Hogansville and was always interested in getting things done,” said Pike. “He was great as mayor.”
Jackson’s decision to retire came after his declining health over the last year.
“I’ve been there 28 years, so I’ve been there long enough,” he said. “I got sicker and weaker. I felt like I was being told that’s enough.”
Bill Stankiewicz will be sworn in as Hogansville’s new mayor this evening at Hogansville’s first city council meeting of the year. Stankiewicz spent six years as the city manager of Hogansville before retiring two years ago. He had previously run for Hogansville City Council in 2001 and was defeated.
“He’s a fine fellow,” said Jackson. “We’ve got some good people elected and I think they’ll be able to pick up the pieces and move the city forward. I want to thank the city for putting up with me for 28 years and I want Hogansville to continue to grow like they’re doing now. Just keep pushing forward.”