Time for Jerkins critics to ‘move on’
September 02, 2014 11:49 PM | 1423 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Re: Lance Lamberton’s letter to the Editor Aug. 20, titled “Bottom Line on Austell Mayor? It’s time for Joe to go.”

I’m not going to comment on his remarks as to our mayor since there’s an ongoing investigation into the alleged “abuse of power.”

What I am going to comment on is how this psychobabbler wrote all this stuff relying on those who lost their bid for re-election, including Lamberton. For someone who has been accused of suffering from an identity crisis, they picked the right person. Lamberton wrote this letter without researching the facts. Had he done so, he would have known the mayor did not, and could not, abolish the city manager’s position.

To set the record straight, the mayor did not name a street or construct a park/statue in his own honor. In appreciation for all the hard work the mayor had done serving as city manager, saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, the council felt it was the least we could do. If Lamberton had bothered to inquire as to what the mayor had accomplished, he just might agree we did the right thing.

I’d like to ask “how many mayors have you known that would spend their Saturdays cleaning up all the green space along Veterans Memorial Hwy. from Sweetwater Creek to the Mulberry RR Crossing?” He would use his own vehicle to transport a few Cobb County inmates to help cut trees, saplings, brush, weeds and grass. He has worked right along with the employees, not afraid of getting his shoes muddy or his hands dirty. He worked on his hands and knees inserting the brick in the sidewalks. The rock walls at the entrance of Legion Field were built by the mayor and his uncle.

This shows he is willing to work with his hands and his heart. Joe’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention here.

As for Joe Jerkins running Austell as if it is his personal fiefdom, what a laugh. Our city is run by a person very well versed in the administration of government affairs, Here in Austell, we call that a true “statesman.” When Joe was voted into office, we the residents trusted him with our city, and 25 years later that trust is still there.

Lamberton is wrong when he calls our council Joe’s “sycophants.” We have minds of our own. When you have a mayor who is as open as Joe — he explains in detail every what, when, where and why — he makes it so easy for us to support him. He does all the research before he brings it to the council’s attention. In my 18 years on the council, he has never steered me wrong.

In December 1989, I received a letter from Joe Jerkins asking me for my vote and support in an up-coming election. I trusted Joe and voted to elect him our mayor. My trust in Joe as mayor has never faltered, it has only grown stronger. He once said he was a man of few words. In my opinion, he doesn’t have to utter a sound based on his past achievements.

It’s time for those that lost their bid for a seat on this council to move on; the people of Austell have spoken.

Virginia Reagan

City of Austell council member

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Happy Hearts
September 05, 2014
For those of you that are not aware of how the Mayor's park came about. At one time there was a Gazebo and the Mayor's circle on Broad Street along with some beautiful Magnolia Trees. Norfolk-Southern came along and told the city they were going to have to move them, because the train operators needed a clear view of the RR crossings. Council decided to buy the property where an empty building had stood for years and move the Mayor's circle, hence the Mayor's Park was created. And, since Joe Jerkins had done so much for the city it was decided by council to erect a well deserved statue of Joe.
Tony Cain
September 03, 2014
This is why the residents of Austell keep putting Joe in office. They like and respect him.
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