Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen launched his re-election campaign Wednesday, saying he wants to deal with unfinished business across Bibb County and in his commission District 4.
Allen has served 18 years as a county commissioner. As chairman of the commission’s Human Resources Committee, he said he wants to continue working to transition Macon employees to Bibb County government. He also wants to try again to get commission and commission committee meetings broadcast on the government-access television channel and work with Commissioner Lonzy Edwards to get zero-based budgeting for the county.
Another resident of District 4, Robert Abbott, has filed to run as a Republican for the Bibb County Commission. Abbott has not formally announced his campaign.
Allen said Wednesday that too many decisions are being made in committees, rather than by all the commissioners. He said he plans to pursue directors to lead the county’s Human Resources Department, a job that’s been vacant for a year, and the Information Technology Department, a job vacant for two years. Allen cited his recent votes against a 2-mil tax increase, against making the commission chairman a full-time $100,000-a-year job and against a garbage fee increase.