City Officials Honored for Lifetime of Service

February 19, 2018

This article appeared in the February 2018 issue of the Georgia's Cities newspaper.
On Dec. 19, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Councilmember Quincy Holton were recognized with the Life­time Service Award from GMA. Gravitt was recognized for his 51 years of ser­vice to the city, and Holton was rec­ognized for his 49 years of service to Cumming.
Both leaders were credited with spearheading the development of many city amenities and plant expan­sions including the city’s first park and swimming pool, the Cummings Fair­grounds and covered arena, and the Dobbs Creek Basketball and Gymnas­tics Complex. They were also noted for their dedication to recognizing the brave veterans of the community with a Veterans War Memorial.
Additionally, in the past two months, GMA recognized former Flemington Mayor Sandra Martin with a Lifetime Service Award for her 36 years of service to the city. Martin was the second mayor of Flemington since the city’s charter in 1941 and the first female mayor. She began serving the city in 1981 as a councilmember. After being elected to the city council, she volunteered to serve as city clerk until she was elected mayor in 1997. Since, she helped to develop and codify the city ordinances and hired Fleming­ton’s first deputy sheriff. Martin was instrumental in the purchase and re­model of a historic structure, which was used as the first city hall. This structure is still in use today.
Former Sylvania Mayor Margaret D. Evans was also awarded for her 34 years of service. Evans began serving the city in 1981 as a councilmember. She has since helped facilitate the development of many city amenities including the completion of a major streetscape project, the construction of an outdoor theatre, remodeling a community center and the introduc­tion of an art gallery. Under Evans’ leadership, the city of Sylvania was also designated as a “Better Home­town,” and the city’s millage rate was decreased by nearly 50 percent.
“These dedicated recipients dem­onstrated their love for their cities through many years of generous ser­vice to its residents,” said GMA Execu­tive Director Larry Hanson. “Their communities are fortunate to have that kind of dedicated leadership, and Georgia’s cities are also grateful to have seen the example they set for all city leaders.”
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