The Georgia Municipal Association inducted Palmetto Mayor J. Clark Boddie into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s recent annual convention in Savannah.
“The hall of fame honors municipal officials who exemplify the best in public service, and who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and Georgia’s cities,” Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, Georgia Municipal Association president, said in a statement.
Boddie has served the city of Palmetto for more than 30 years.
He was the police chief for eight years, during which time he improved the level of service through community policing, worked with the mayor and council to improve police benefits and brought the jail into compliance with state requirements.
Boddie has served two stints as mayor, for a total of 25 years in office.
“Through his leadership, the federal General Services Administration located a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center in the city’s industrial park in 1988,” Austin said. “Today, the facility houses a Lowe’s Distribution Center that is one of the city’s largest electrical users.”
Boddie also helped establish the city’s first senior center in partnership with the county, and throughout his tenure, improving all city facilities has been a major priority for him, Austin said.
“Boddie has also had a major impact on the region and the state. He was involved in the first ever Mayors’ Walk in the region to benefit seniors, he serves on the regional commission board and chairs its aging and health resources committee and as chairman of the regional jail authority,” Austin said.
Within the association, Boddie served as chair of the public safety policy committee and serves as an at-large board member.
“He’s been a strong supporter of GMA over the years,” association Executive Director Lamar Norton said in a statement. “His dedication to the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade is legendary and he has served as chair of the regional hospital motorcade for more than 15 years. On top of all that, he serves with a joy and an enthusiasm that is contagious. He loves his city, and he’s a wonderful ambassador for GMA.”
Based in Atlanta, the association is a nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 520 member cities.