COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Longtime Columbus City Councilor and current Mayor Pro Tempore Evelyn Turner Pugh has announced her retirement.
Councilor Pugh represents Columbus’ District 4 and has served Columbus as an elected official for three decades.
Pugh cites health challenges, such as her Parkinson’s disease, as her reasoning for retiring after so many years in office.
A standing ovation both from the city council and a room full of people brought the councilwoman to tears.
“We’re going to miss her,” says Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren. “She’s been a stable force with the council for many years, and she’s always supported me during the time of our budgets. She has let me know, and let other council members know, that the salary savings should be spent by the department head and I’ve always appreciated that.”
Valerie Thompson is set to succeed Pugh in the District 4 council seat, but says she has big shoes to fill, but is honored to take the position.