I have to admit I was a little surprised to hear that Councilman Bobby Howard has decided not to run for re-election. You can see the affects of his hard work and dedication in the last 6 years of positive growth in Snellville through the Community Garden, the Farmers Market and of course the infamous Cop-Cab, although these are but a small part of the great positive impact he has had on our city.
One thing that I see when I think of a good friend is the commitment, love and dedication he has always shown for family and friends. This can be seen in his love for Reese and Nash, his beautiful grand children.
Here are the remarks Bobby made last night at the City Council meeting:
Tonight I made a very tough decision to not seek re-election as a City Council Member in Snellville, GA. and while my council comments are a little lengthy, I thought I would share them to show my appreciation to everyone who has been a part of this journey with me….
May 8th, 2017
First a few things… How ya’ll doing? Shop Local and Thanks for allowing me to serve you and sit in this seat…
and now for the rest of my council comments…. My first acknowledgement will be to give THANKS to My Savior Jesus Christ, who through his blessing I live daily.
With the same care and consideration that was taken before I decided to run for city council…I have taken that same care and consideration when making the decision not to seek re-election in November. Tonight’s announcement will provide the current administration 16 weeks prior to qualifying to find a candidate.
I will forever cherish and be grateful for these past six years. This experience has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. The people I have met and the places I have been have made it a trip of a lifetime….
I leave at the end of my term , a city in good and capable hands. I also rest in the comfort that by being a small part of the past 6 years, our city has made marked and positive improvement in many areas.
My most humble THANKS to the current Mayor and Council and former Councilwoman Diane Krause for allowing me serve along side of you and know that you each have a very special place in my heart.
Publics Works…. Gaye Johnson and Staff.. Each of you have always gone above and beyond the call of duty and have treated me with the upmost respect…I hope I have returned the favor..
Parks & Rec…. Lisa Platt and staff. Thanks for all the hard work to bring Briscoe Park to its former glory and Thank you for extending me courtesy and kindness when I have had questions or needed help.
Admin Staff… Butch Sanders and staff…. My heartfelt THANKS to each of you who without question has the City of Snellville in their best interest. I can never remember a time when I asked for help that each of you didn’t answer the call. THANK YOU for the professional bar you have set.. Our Citizens appreciate it…and so do I…
Police Department…. Chief Whitehead, Asst. Chief Perry….I am PROUD of our public safety department and the level of commitment, professionalism and genuine care each of you display each and every day. This is a testament to the quality of leadership at every level in the department. I have the upmost respect and admiration for the men & women who “Protect & Serve” our city. My THANKS to each of you…
To our Explorer Program…. You are some of the finest in the United States… Your hard work and effort has paid off in the number of 1st Place Awards you have received…The leadership of the adults and the heart they have for these youth are helping grow the youth leaders of tomorrow… Let me say THANKS for your dedication to our city.
Tony Powell…. In this ride we call life… if you are lucky enough, GOD places a special person in your life at the correct time… Tony Powell..
I am lucky you were picked for the job… Your life teachings that I have been the beneficiary of, can never be repaid with any amount of money and a simple THANKS is not sufficient … But your friendship is my reward… THANK YOU ….. Myself and this city owe you a great debt of gratitude.
Melvin Everson…. You have been there every step of the way… You have shown me what grace on earth looks like. You’re friendship throughout has marked me in a good way. The THANKS I offer you is only a small part of who you have helped me become. You encouraged me to follow my heart.. I hope I have made you proud.
In closing….It has been a great privilege and joy to have served you, the citizens of Snellville… I will forever be humbled by your grace and love
and to the HEART of the City …our volunteers… you lead and love our city by example. You do the work of many with just a few and you represent the true meaning of community… for that I salute and applaud each of you….
Thank You—-God Bless and travel safe going home.