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Columbus mayor reveals why he isn't running for 2nd term

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A recent poll of Muscogee County voters found that 63% would vote for Jim Wetherington again.

The Mayor says those numbers almost persuaded him to try for a second term but in the end, he has decided to retire once his term is over.

The Mayor says he promised his wife he would only run for one term and he is keeping that promise to her.

Wetherington joined the Columbus Police Department in 1959 and now, at the age of 72, he says he's ready to see what else life has in store for him.

"I've been on this public highway for about fifty years and I see a sign ahead that says rest area and I'm going to pull off there and take a break. I've enjoyed it. I love my job. I've loved all the years I served in public life but I'm ready to take a break, Wetherington said after a press conference Thursday.

But with 14 months still left to serve, Wetherington says he isn't going to kick his heels up and relax.

He says he wants to continue to oversee the improvements brought on by the permanent Local Option Sales Tax.

"I want to work very closely with Chief Boren to get these 100 officers on the street. We have to build a tower at the jail, do some infrastructure work and paving. I want to see some of that through, at least some of it started," he said.

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