Retired fireman to run for Warner Robins City Council Post 1

jmink@macon.comJune 10, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A retired fire lieutenant, Charlie Scott Jr. says he is not finished serving his community.

The Houston County native announced Monday his candidacy for City Council. Scott intends to run for Post 1, which is held by Councilman Mike Daley. Daley said he has not officially decided whether he will run for re-election in November. Qualifying is in August.

Standing in front of a crowd of about 30 supporters, Scott pledged to focus on completing the city’s planned sports complex, developing better public transportation and working with Robins Air Force Base and the 21st Century Partnership to prepare for a potential Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Scott plans to push for recreation, particularly the proposed sports complex that has been discussed for the past few years. The city recently purchased nearly 65 acres of land at North Houston and Elberta roads for the purpose of building the complex.

“The city has grown, but the recreation has not kept up with the city’s growth,” he said.

Transportation also has become a top issue, and Scott endorses establishing an efficient public transit system. A lack of such transportation is a growing problem, Scott said.

“We’ve got older citizens who cannot get to where they need to be,” he said. “They cannot even get to the doctor.”

Scott, 70, is no stranger to combating community issues, he said. He spent more than 30 years working for the Warner Robins Fire Department, retiring as a fire lieutenant. He also spent more than 30 years working for the nursing service at Houston Medical Center, and he served with the Department of Public Safety for about four years in the early 1970s.

For the past 13 years, he has served on the board of directors for the Combined Employees Credit Union and spent three years as chairman of the board. He also has been part of the local Civitan Club for five years and has served as the club’s program director. He serves on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels and is a member of the Montford Point Marine Association.

“My whole life has been dedicated to serving our community,” he said.

For the past two years, friends and family have encouraged Scott to run for council. So he decided to step up, he said.

Charlie Brown, of Warner Robins, attends church with Scott. Brown moved to Warner Robins from Florida a few years ago, and he describes Scott as a one-man “welcoming committee” for visitors.

“His whole life is here in Warner Robins,” Brown said. “He loves this place.”

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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