WARNER ROBINS -- A former Houston County commissioner wants to rejoin public service.
Gene Harrington, 68, said Wednesday he intends to run for Warner Robins City Council, Post 4. Bob Wilbanks holds the position and has not announced whether he will run for re-election in November.
Potential candidates for Warner Robins City Council may qualify beginning Monday at City Hall through Sept 1. Two other posts are open this year: Post 2, held by Tom Simms Jr.; and Post 6, held by John Williams.
Harrington, who was a Houston County commissioner for six years, said he made a decision in 2000 to care for his ailing parents over serving on the commission.
“It wasn’t a choice,” he said. “I was crazy about my parents.”
Harrington said he hopes to establish unity on City Council, and his more than 20 years of public service experience could lend a hand.
Before serving on the commission, the licensed lawyer served as the attorney for the Houston County Housing Authority for 19 years, he said.
“The first thing I would do is get a clear, crystal clear, understanding of the budget,” he said. “The second that I would do is go and assess the needs of all the department heads. I wouldn’t be Santa Claus, but I would be as helpful as possible.”
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.