Climax Mayor Hadsock passes torch after 10 years in chair

Published 2:54 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

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Climax’s Mayor Charles Hadsock laid down the gavel for his last time after calling the City Council meeting to order on Monday, Dec. 9. After ten years of service as mayor, and four additional years as  councilman he said he felt it was time for the younger generation to take over. Hadsock thanked the residents for their support and encouragement during his tenure as mayor.

The mayor recalled some of the goals he set for himself and the city when he was elected.  Of these the one he said he was most proud of was the city’s water system. Some of the water system for the city went back to the early 1900s when the city was established, making for some unhealthy water for citizens after over a century. Hadsock said he worked on getting a grant to help the city pay for the work on the water lines and finally got some help.

Mayor Pro-Tem Joseph Kelly, a native of Climax, has already been appointed by the council to take over the helm of mayor beginning in January 2020. Joseph is the son of Paul and Juliet Kelly and the grandson of the late Melvin and Maggie Mae Kelly all from the Climax Community.  Kelly attended Climax Elementary School, and Hutto middle school before graduating   from Bainbridge High School. He received his bachelor and a master’s degree from, Valdosta State and is currently working on his PhD, He is a teacher at Bainbridge High school, and recently received the teacher of the year award.

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Three have qualified for the council seat left vacant by Kelly. They are Christina Peed, Kimberly Edwards, and Matthew Comb.

Two, Kimberly Edwards, and Mathew Comb were present at the council meeting and participated in a short form of questions from the council members as to why they felt they were qualified for the council.

In other business, Judge Josh Bell was sworn in as the Climax municipal court judge.