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Grayson mayor will not seek re-election

Jim Hinkle

Jim Hinkle

GRAYSON – After serving the city of Grayson for a quarter century as mayor and city attorney, Mayor Jim Hinkle said he will not be a candidate for re-election this fall.

“I just think it’s time to drop back and smell the roses,” Hinkle said. “I’ve done just about everything I’ve wanted to do, and now we need to move along with some new people.”

Hinkle has served 24 years as mayor, including six terms in the 1980s and early 90s before taking a 10-year break. He was re-elected in 2001 as the city’s mayor.

When Hinkle began his service in the early 1980s, Grayson was a small community of only 495 residents. “This differs markedly to what it became during my current tenure of the last 12 years,” he said. “The city started to develop from a sleepy little town.”

Atlanta Regional Commission estimates show that the two-square mile city located east of Snellville now has a population of 2,777 with many folks moving into the city because of the schools and quality of life.

“The city has kept the faith and enacted ordinances to promote the small-town look, and these ordinances have been met, which means a lot to the city,” he said.

“Grayson started to blossom and grow, but I had a vision of keeping it a quaint small town,” Hinkle said.

“The new sign and architectural control ordinances have played an integral part in doing this,” he said. “These ordinances defined how we’re going to look,” he added.

Currently a part-time Magistrate Court judge for Gwinnett County, Hinkle was city attorney for one year in the early ’80s, and, from 1953-82, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves as officer in charge of the USMC International Shooting Team.

Next week, the city will begin its qualifying period for candidates interested in running for election. Paperwork can be filed from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, excluding the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m.

The election will be held Nov. 5.

Comments

Veryconcernedcitizen 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The Mayor or City Council have little to do with Grayson's moderate success. The schools are ran by Gwinnett County, they have police and fire protection from the County. Who are the roads maintained by? Typical Gwinnett Daily Post article that misleads the readers and does little investigating into the real stories. Enacting a few sign ordinances does not promote the high quality of life that the writer of this story and the Mayor claim. The population increase from the 80's is not due to anything the City of Grayson has done. Gwinnett as a County had a population boom since the 80's. However, I would like to thank Mayor Hinkle for his contribution to the community.

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TimH1955 11 months, 2 weeks ago

There should be term limits on ALL elected positions...even at the city level. I am a firm believer that there should be a two term limit not only at the federal and state level but also with counties (country commissioners) and city councils and mayors.

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kevin 11 months, 1 week ago

Never re-elect and you will never have to deal with incompetency again. People will never get this through their heads. Did you see the article today also that says Grayson will now join Partnership Gwinnett for $3,000 a year. (Gwinnett puts up $500,000 of sucker money) What timing. Must tell you something about Grayson's past.

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kevin 11 months, 1 week ago

And now a councilman's daughter is trying to run for mayor. Sorry, but too much family politics is bad for all. Just look at Suwanee and the Burnette family.

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informednotignorantcitizen 11 months, 1 week ago

Clearly there are uninformed people commenting on this article.
Yes, the City of Grayson is small and depends greatly on the fire and police services provided by Gwinnett County. Who do you all think sits through meetings and negotiates Intergovernmental Agreements with the county officials to be able to provide this for the Grayson residents? That's right, the elected officials. The city of Grayson LOWERED the millage rate this year after having maintained a steady 2.5 millage rate for at least the past 8 if not more years. This year it was lowered to 2.25. In order for Grayson to be able to afford the services mentioned property taxes would have to be significantly increased. In addition to being able to maintain the low tax rate for years and make it even lower this year, the Mayor and Council have provided within the budget FREE sanitation service to those within the city limits. So....a lowered millage rate AND free sanitation service to the residents. Those two factors alone represent significant (not moderate) success. Roads? Well, the county maintains county roads and the city maintains city streets, and, considering there are two STATE highways that go through Grayson you also have to depend on the state to maintain their roads. Does anyone realize that the mayor and city council for the City of Grayson serve as VOLUNTEERS? That's right. They are elected but not paid. They attend meetings with other municipalities and other government officials on their time, many times having to take time off from their "day jobs" during the day and spending many nights in meetings to speak on behalf of the citizens of Grayson when, just like everyone else, they are tired and would like to be home with their families . Negotiations between the municipalities and the county don't just magically happen. Many hours are logged in meetings to get the very best for all of the residents. As for term limits...well, that is interesting. In the 12 years Mayor Hinkle has served he has only been opposed one time. You see, there aren't a whole lot of people jumping at the chance to take on an additional job for absolutely no pay. As indicated by the comments, they do a thankless job for no financial compensation. After 25 years of service to his community, a man deserves respect and admiration, not criticism.

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