Cochran mayor moves city forward after former mayor’s resignation
COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “We’ve just got positive things going on,” said Cochran Mayor Gary Ates.
The holidays are in the air at Cochran City Hall.
“As a whole, as a council we’re getting along great,” said Ates.
And with that, some good cheer.
“We just stepped in and did what we had to do,” said Ates.
Gary Ates went from city councilman to mayor in October, when former mayor Michael Stoy resigned.
“It took everybody by surprise I think,” said Ates. “And you know we just went on as business as usual.”
Stoy handed a resignation letter to council October 11th because he felt they broke the city’s ethics ordinance by meeting outside of the designated time to discuss city business.
41NBC used an open records request to get the security video of council members meeting in the lobby of city hall on July 21st before the official meeting happened.
“(that didn’t bother you at all that he resigned?) Well, I don’t recall a meeting,” said Ates. “And no, because I’m not here for myself I’m here for the citizens of Cochran. And that’s what every–all of us are here are for–to better Cochran and the citizens. And do what we can do to make Cochran great again.”
That’s ultimately Ates’ goal–continue to put the residents first.
The city’s working toward reducing blight.
“When you got abandoned houses, you’ve got people like with drugs and all that in those abandoned houses,” said Ates.
Plus there have been major improvements in infrastructure.
“We are getting all the sewage great in Cochran, all the water,” said Ates.
Making Cochran–the progressive city–progressively better.
“We just wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” said Ates.