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ASU honors Albany mayor

Mayor Willie Adams was honored Thursday night by Albany State University for his contributions to the school and the community. This is Adams' last year as mayor.

Mayor Willie Adams was honored Thursday night by Albany State University for his contributions to the school and the community. This is Adams' last year as mayor.

ALBANY, Ga. — It may not have been a roast, but there were plenty of laughs Thursday night at an Albany State University banquet honoring Albany Mayor Willie Adams Jr. for his contributions to the school and the community.

Presiding over the 7 p.m. ceremony, Jeff “Bodine” Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission chairman, paid tribute to Adams’s history of hard work and dedication to families in the community.

Then he rolled out a cooler filled with 142 fish filets.

“The mayor is a man who will drive to Macon to eat fried fish,” Sinyard said. “He is 71 years old and here are 71 filets of tilapia and 71 filets of frozen mullet covered with ice, ready to cook.”

More than 175 people at elegant tables — women in gowns and many men in tuxedos — roared with laughter and applauded.

Trying to set a more official tone, Glenn Singfield, president of Artesian Contracting, said that although it felt like a roast, he was glad that Adams, who is leaving office this year, has a chance at a “victory lap.”

“The city is grateful that you had the ability to serve the community.” Singfield said. “He has done many things to bring the community together. This is not a roast but a chance to lift you higher and say thank you for your service.”

The evening’s program listed many contributions Adams worked to obtain for the school and the community. Among those contributions were his role in acquiring grant funding for the ASU Coliseum, obtaining special-purpose tax money for traffic signals at the campus entrance and the planned construction of a footbridge to connect the campuses on either side of Radium Springs Road.

In service to the nation and the community, Adams’s many citations included his U.S. Army service as a physician and more than a half-century specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in the community.

His other community activities include membership in the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Dougherty County Board of Education and others.

“This is a tremendous honor. I don’t do things with the expectation of recognition,” Adams said. “I do things because they need to be done. But it is does bring pleasure to be recognized.”