Perry mayor announces resignation, council members grateful for his service
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Many Perry residents are in shock after Mayor Jimmy Faircloth suddenly announced his resignation Friday.
41NBC spoke residents and councilmen, who say they’re upset and disappointed after hearing of Faircloth’s resignation. They say he’s been a big part of the city’s progression.
“I hate to see that happen,” resident Susan Evans said. “I don’t know. I mean this is all just so shocking right now.”
That’s the reaction many people in Perry are giving after Mayor Faircloth’s unexpected announcement.
“Mayor Faircloth has been a really strong leader for the city of Perry,” Mayor Pro Tem Randall Walker said. “And so we weren’t real happy to get the news.”
He adds he and Faircloth were both elected 9 1/1years ago. Walker says they’ve helped develop Perry together.
“This downtown is a product of us working really hard together with the council to bring different events downtown,” he said.
Faircloth has worked full-time at Central Georgia Technical College for the past 6 years.
Faircloth told 41NBC’s Tanya Modersitzki by phone Friday the decision wasn’t easy.
“There’s nothing wrong with me, health wise, or anything like that,” he said. “It was just time. I need to concentrate on my current full-time job and other personal obligations that needed attention at this time.”
Faircloth added it has been an honor to serve the people of Perry, but it’s sometimes a job that can be thankless.
“We’ve got the right people in the right place. You tend to stay out of their way in order for great things to happen for the city, and that’s exactly why we’ve moved forward so quickly.”
Faircloth wishes the city continued success. He said he’s been happy to be a part of making things happen.
“The city is sound financially. The city is progressive and the city responds when appropriate and creates excitement, when at times there was none.”
Walker will assume Faircloth’s role.
The city is organizing with the Secretary of State to have a special election.
Faircloth’s last official day is May 31.
He says he has no interest, as of now, to return to council later on.