Making resolutions for the new year is a tried-and-true tradition. Here what some officials are hoping for in 2015.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis: “To continue to provide the service to the community that we’ve done so far. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished this first year of consolidation. We want to keep finding ways to reach our youth and hopefully decrease our crime and solve those that do happen and always be ready to deal with the unexpected.”
Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke: “For 2015, we resolve to maintain open communication to promote the best interests of the community. As we continue our work to make Middle Georgia safer for our families, it’s important to maintain an atmosphere of compassion, trust and mutual respect.”
Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms: The mayor said he has a resolution for progress. “The biggest thing I want to do for the city is to make sure I do the right thing and move the city forward,” he said.
Pat Topping, senior vice president Macon Economic Development Commission: “Fully implement the jobs pillar of the One Macon plan for the betterment of my community. Support our existing companies; they are our rock. Promote all the good things happening in Macon to state project managers, site location consultants and others who can bring jobs to Macon-Bibb. Find that balance between work and home.”
Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese: “My only resolution is the same as my daily resolution and that is to do a better job today than I did yesterday. I think that in order to be a better sheriff, person, anybody, then you have to get better at the little things, and by doing that, the big things will take care of themselves.”
Warner Robins police Assistant Chief John Wagner: “I resolve to have a fresh new look on life and profession. To consider feelings and consequences in all matters. Ensure fairness and enjoy the little things in life that matter. Not to carry burdens that I cannot change. For I am in control of my own happiness.”
Alex Morrison, executive director of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority: “We want to complete the Macon Action Plan and get well into the implementation of it. We think 2015 is going to be a big year for the urban core of Macon. We want to continue to partner with others to expand green space, especially the Ocmulgee National Monument, our community’s greatest tourism asset.”
Retired Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, president of the 21st Century Partnership: “Our resolution is to translate the information we have into opportunity for Robins and Middle Georgia. The data helps to identify our strengths and we will work with our community partners to leverage those strengths.”
Centerville Police Chief Sid Andrews: “I would like to enhance a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community. ... The Centerville Police Department has been successful with a growing neighborhood watch program. We have seen the number of participants double in the past two years. This positive interaction develops a great rapport between the community and officers. We will continue to recruit new members from our community, keep an open line of communication, and promote transparency in our organization.”
Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker: He said in an email he wants to continue working to strengthen Robins through “partnerships, collaboration, and support.” He also wants continue to work toward economic development and to eliminate blight.
Macon-Bibb County District 4 Commissioner Mallory Jones: “To continue to listen and respond to the people of Macon-Bibb, to treat all citizens like our customers, to be honest and open, to run our government efficiently and with common sense, to make Macon-Bibb a safe and vibrant place to live!”
Macon-Bibb County District 9 Commissioner Al Tillman: “In 2015, I would like to help create more entrepreneurs.”
Houston County school board member Fred Wilson: “No. 1 would be to continue to work together as a team and to improve the things that need improving.”
Incoming Peach County school board member Ben Hoots: “I just want to try to listen and learn as much as I can so I can try to make a good decision.”