AUGUSTA, G.A. (WFXG) - ONE OF THE FIRST BIG DECISIONS OF THE YEAR COMING FROM CITY LEADERS at THE FIRST COMMISSION MEETING OF 2023. oN TUESDAY, COMMISSIONER BRANDON GARRETT WAS ELECTED AS MAYOR PRO TEMPORE BY THE AUGUSTA COMMISSION. GARRETT, who represents DISTRICT 8, WAS SELECTED BY HIS PEERS TO SERVE IN THe KEY ROLE ALONGSIDE THE MAYOR FOR THE NEXT two YEARS.

GARRETT SAYS IT’S AN HONOR TO be entrusted to HOLD THE POSITION. “YOU KNOW FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS IT’S SOMETHING THAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING ABLE TO DO, NOT ONLY TO HELP AUGUSTA MOVE FORWARD. BUT, TO HELP TO UNIFY OUR VOICES,” he says.

COMMISSIONERS ALVIN MASON AND FRANCINE SCOTT WERE ALSO NOMINATED. GARRETT ULTIMATELY SECURED THE MAJORITY VOTE OF 7-2-1 WITH JORDAN JOHNSON AND STACY PULLIAM VOTING NO AND BOBBY WILLIAMS ABSTAINING.

MAYOR GARNETT JOHNSON SAYS that WITH THE seat filled, HE’S OPTIMISTIC. “SEEING AS HOW WE HAVE THE COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMITTEES SET UP, TO START ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES," says Johnson. YOU WILL SEE AS WE MOVED FORWARD INTO THE YEAR, NOW THAT WE HAVE THOSE ASSIGNMENTS MADE, WE’LL START ADDING THOSE ITEMS TO THE AGENDA ON HOW WE CAN PROVIDE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY, HOW WE CAN START CREATING SOME EFFICIENCIES IN OUR DEPARTMENTS. SO, I’M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.”

 Johnson SAYS THEY STILL NEED TO WORK THROUGH PRELIMINARY KINKS, BUT HE FEELs GOOD ABOUT THE TRAJECTORY OF THE YEAR, A STATEMENT GARRETT ECHOES. “GOING BACK TO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WITH THE MAYOR, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE SPOKE ABOUT A LOT WAS RIGHT SIZE IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND THAT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT OVER THIS NEXT YEAR, I HOPE THAT WE TAKE A VERY CLOSE LOOK AT...IN REGARDS TO THE WAY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS SHAPED AND FORMED, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, JUST MAKING SURE THAT THOSE THAT WE DO HAVE ON STAFF ARE IN THE PLACES THAT THEY NEED TO BE.”

BEFORE THE MEETING, AN OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY WAS HELD FOR SOME OF THE NEWLY ELECTED COMMISSIONERS, such as GARRETT, DISTRICT 10’S, WAYNE GUILFOYLE AND DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONEr ALVIN MASON.

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