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Emotional Good-bye For Mayor

It was a morning spent holding back tears. Columbus Mayor Bobby Peters has spent 12 years as a city councilor and the last eight as Mayor. His 20-year career is coming to a close.

During his last council meeting, Peters started it by giving his last resolution to his mother, for being "An Unsung Hero."

Then, one by one, others praised Peters, for his dedication.

"I thank Bobby for caring for Columbus and for continuing that legacy and that theme of putting everybody else first and sacrificing yourself,"said councilor Gary Allen.

Councilor Mimi Woodson recalled some advice from Peters.

"Think, think before you make the choice," said councilor Mimi Woodson. "Never let anybody influence, think. And remember what you do will affect everyone forever."

City leaders said one of his key choices was pushing for the Total Systems project. They said Peters took a lot of criticism for that one.

But it, along with the AFLAC expansion created 20,000 new jobs and a $1 billion dollar economic investment in the city. That is only part of Peter's legacy.

When he reflected on his 20 years of service Tuesday, he couldn't help being moved to tears.

"Let me just thank the people of Columbus for giving me the opportunity to be the Mayor. I'm gonna miss it. I love Columbus."

And what about his next job?

Peters joked, "I'll be washing the windows at the Government Center."

And that's just like Mayor Peters, giving you a joke and a smile.

During the council meeting, Mayor Peters received several gifts. One from Phenix City Mayor Sonny Coulter.

And the distinguished Saint Maurice award from Fort Benning Commanding General Paul Eaton.

Later this week, Mayor Peters will interview with Governor Roy Barnes for a judgeship. Peters should find out if he gets the job this week. If not, he plans to stay in Columbus and re-open his law practice.

But, whatever he does, News Leader Nine would like to wish him well.

By Jo Giles

jgiles@wtvm.com

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