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Waddell honored for service

Outgoing Bainbridge City Councilman Greg Waddell was honored for his eight years of service on the council at its Tuesday evening meeting.

Waddell, who is serving out the end of his second term after losing a re-election bid in November, holds Council Seat 3, one of the three seats representing most of southern Bainbridge and the area west of Georgia Highway 253. Waddell, a lifelong resident of Bainbridge, was first elected to the council in 2001.

He is the general manager of Sharber Oil Company and has also worked in the real estate field. He was a former partner in Dehildren Realty and was also part of a four-man group that returned the Charter House Inn to local ownership in 2006 and undertook major renovations to the motel.

Waddell has said previously he believes one the council’s most important achievements during his first term was the 2003 implementation of a smoking ban within public buildings and places inside the city. Waddell, an avid runner, said he is health-conscious and supported the ban because he was concerned about children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

Other key Council activities during Waddell’s tenure on the council include continuing development of the city’s recreational offerings, design and construction of the Bainbridge Marina in 2005, a fast-track implementation of the city’s Sewer Master Plan and adopting updates to the city’s zoning ordinance, zoning map and Future Land Use map in 2005.

Waddell has been an outspoken supporter of Bainbridge Public Safety, recreation and has voiced his desire to promote a good business climate within the city.

Other distinctions for Waddell were serving as mayor pro tempore in 2006 and helping to organize the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade, which takes presents to patients in state hospitals, in 2005. He has also served on the board of the Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee.