Former commissioner Jack Stone dies

Former commissioner Jack Stone dies
Jack Stone at the county commission in 2014
Jack Stone at the county commission in 2014

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Former Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone has passed away, officials confirmed Thursday.

Stone was a District 6 commissioner, first elected in 1986, and was re-elected six more times.

He had been in politics for 28 years, colleagues said.

Stone was named county Vice Chair, after serving on the commission for nearly three decades.

In February of 2104, Stone told WALB that the commission was in a transitional stage, and will need an experienced leader since Chairman Jeff Sinyard announced plans to retire at the end of the year, and as Commissioner Gloria Gaines ran to become the new chair.

"I've been on the Dougherty County Commission more than any elected official," said Stone in 2014.  "So I'm gonna stay here and help [Gaines] all I can and the rest of the commission. Do the best I can for all of Dougherty County, same as I've done for the last 28 years."

Stone was against consolidation of city and county governments. He said at the time that the county's recent job growth shows leaders are on the right track.

Stone lost his bid for re-election to his commission seat in 2014 to Anthony Jones.

In 2010, he defeated Richard Thomas, the leader of the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association and an outspoken critic of local government.

Stone was a supporter of Albany Police and their decision to encrypt their scanner traffic in 2013.

Jack Stone was a long time car dealer, known for his rapid-fire radio ads, who closed them by saying "Come see us where business is being done, and you, our customer, are number one. This is Jack Stone, taking you back to your favorite radio station!"

The Stone family will accept visitors Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at Hall and Hall Funeral Home on Mock Road. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Sunnyside Baptist Church on Mock Road.

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