More than 75 people showed up at the Oconee County Civic Center this (Sunday) afternoon to honor retiring Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis for his 16 years of service to the county.
Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State, thanked Davis for his service to the county, the local community and the state of Georgia.
Ross King, executive director, ACCG, said Davis’ service on a statewide basis was "nothing short of profound.” Davis was ACCG president from 2011 to 2012.
Rep. Regina Quick, with Rep. Chuck Williams at her side, read a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives congratulating Davis on his retirement and extending “best wishes for continued health and happiness.” Quick and Williams represent Oconee County in the House.
Davis, in his responses, thanked the citizens of Oconee County for “allowing me to serve you.”
Those who attended the program were first given a chance to sign a memorial book for Davis and then to greet him in a receiving line.
|Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens, Left, and Davis, Right|
The program began at 3 p.m., and John Daniell, replacing Davis as Chair in January, launched the formal program about 40 minutes later.
Davis, 76, was accompanied in the receiving line by his wife, Esther.
People drifted in to congratulate Davis even after the formal comments ended about 4:15.
The scheduled session ended at 5 p.m.
Davis said the county had changed a lot in the 16 years he had been Chair and that the county has a “bright future.”
Davis thanked the county staff as well as the members of the Board of Commissioners with whom he worked and served for the last 16 years.
Davis said that the members of the Commission had not always agreed but that the disagreement had been professionally managed.
Davis said he was confident in the leadership of Daniell and the Commission coming aboard in January.
In the video below, I’ve included 30 seconds of clips from the receiving line and then the formal part of the program.
Davis’s comments start at 22:30 in the video.