Baconton Mayor Annette Morman
BACONTON, Ga. -- Mayor Annette Morman says her now more-than-20-year career as a civil servant and her 34 years of service with the Mitchell County Department of Family and Children Services comes down to a simple matter.
"I like to see smiles on people's faces," the first-term Baconton mayor, and first woman to hold the job, said.
Morman's family turned the tables on her at their recent family reunion in Buffalo, N.Y., and it was the mayor's turn to wear a big grin as Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown offered a proclamation making July 6 Mayor Annette Morman Day in his city.
"They surprised me," Morman laughed Friday as she showed off her proclamation to a visitor. "We had a formal dinner on Saturday, and I noticed on the program that there was a presentation by (her cousin Sharvette Norman's husband, Clarence Norman). He started talking and after a bit it danwed on me he was talking about me.
"Clarence is an attorney who works in the State House, and I think he was the one who put most of this together. Mayor Brown was out of town during our dinner, but the next day at church the pastor announced that he was attending the services. Sharvette grabbed me and told me she'd set it up for me to meet him."
Morman, who is in the third year of her four-year term as mayor after 17 years with the Baconton City Council, said her Buffalo counterpart was very complementary as they talked.
"He told me, 'First of all, let me thank you for protecting our children,'" Morman said. "He told me after reading my bio he had no problem making the proclamation and invited me back to celebrate my day again next year.
"He was so gracious, and this was just such a humbling experience for me. I'm still elated that my family members thought enough of me to do this for me. I really love my family."
In his proclamation, Brown noted Morman's years of service to her community and the honors she'd received while serving Baconton. The document read, in part, "Whereas it is the tradition of this city and this nation to pay tribute to those individuals whose dedication and contributions to their communities provide hope and opportunity for future generations ... be it resolved that I, Byron W. Brown, mayor of the city of Buffalo, do hereby proclaim July 6, 2013 as Mayor Annette Morman Day in the city of Buffalo and join my fellow citizens in recognizing her accomplishments and extending our best wishes for continued success in the future."
During her term in the mayor's office, Morman has helped bring a gas/service station to the small city on U.S. Highway 19, some 16 miles south of Albany, helped pave the way for a new restaurant in the city, used special-purpose local-option sales tax funds to upgrade and beautify City Hall, helped initiate a kids' health fair in the community and was instrumental in starting a program that offers educational and healthy activities for senior citizens in the community.
One of the current activities of the senior program is the creation by participants of quilts that will be raffled off to raise funds for a trip.