Houston & Peach

County honors departing community stalwart

Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker, left, presents Jimmy Autry with a rocking chair as a retirement gift.
Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker, left, presents Jimmy Autry with a rocking chair as a retirement gift. wcrenshaw@macon.com

For many years, Jimmy Autry has sat quietly in Houston County Commission meetings, but on Tuesday he was front and center.

Autry is spokesman for Flint Energies. Among his many duties, he regularly attends County Commission meetings.

But after 19 years at Flint, Autry is retiring and this was his last week on the job. At Tuesday’s commission meeting, the board honored him for his service to the community. He is moving to Rock Hill, South Carolina, to be near his grandchildren, so the commissioners gave him a rocking chair with a University of Georgia “G” emblem on it.

The commissioners, Flint executives and others lauded Autry for his years of service to the community, which included heading up successful campaigns to pass special projects sales taxes for the county and school system.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said Autry does so much that Flint is hiring two people to replace him.

“I don’t know what his job description was at Flint Energies and what he was supposed to do, but in my opinion he did everything,” Stalnaker said. “There was nothing that you needed from Flint Energies that you couldn’t go to Jimmy Autry and he could take care of it.”

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