Macon-Bibb County Commission says “adieu” to Commissioner DeFore after 45 years
MACON, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT)-Macon-Bibb County is saying “adieu” to one of its most influential politicians. Commissioner Ed DeFore began his career in Macon politics nearly 45 years ago.
“It’s just been a blessing working with fine leaders in the community,” said DeFore.
These were the words of a man whose name and accomplishments have carried him through more than four decades as a local government official.
Commissioner Ed DeFore retired Tuesday after playing an invaluable role in Macon’s development.
“My vision for the community was trying to let the people know here in Macon and Middle Georgia that we care about the lives of all the people,” he said.
DeFore served as the Ward 2, Post 3 Representative for the city beginning in 1971, while at that same time serving on the Bibb County School Board. This made him the only official in city history to hold two posts at once.
“Somebody said ‘call Ed DeFore and he will T-R-Y…he will T-R-Y…’try” and that’s what I’ve done,” he continued.
Not only has he touched the lives of people in the community, but also those who have worked closest with him.
Sam Henderson, who now serves as the mayor’s executive assistant, met the retiring commissioner back in 1988 while working for a US Senator. According to Henderson, DeFore was one of the first people he became acquainted with when he first moved to Macon. His impact left a lasting impression.
“He made his name by doing what he said he was going to do and I’ve learned that and I think that is important,” said Henderson.
It’s that work ethic and rapport that have allowed him opportunities to do what he has been most passionate about for years–helping others.
In his longstanding career, DeFore has received a number of awards and honors including the Roy Blessit Spirit Award presented to him by the mayor’s commission for disability issues.
In addition to helping start numerous little league sports divisions for children in all parts of Macon, DeFore served many years on the Macon Water Authority commission.
The Macon-native will retire at the tender age of 85 years old