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.