BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, City Councilman Luther Conyers, Jr. was recognized for serving the City of Bainbridge for nearly 38 years of service.
Conyers, 86, said he had decided it was time to step aside and let others have a chance to serve, although he said he would still take an active interest in local government. A longtime educator, Conyers joined the council on January 4, 1978.
"To say something at that point in my life I couldn't have said anything I would have cried if I would've had to speak last night, but it came very close," said Councilman Luther Conyers.
Conyers was inducted into Georgia Municipal Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2012, he received a Certificate of Distinction from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) recognizing his many hours of continued education concerning local government issues.
Conyers is also active in the Rotary Club, American Legion Post No. 502, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. He is also served as the council's liaison to the city's Planning Commission and for many years, has taught students about planning and zoning issues during Bainbridge's annual Student Government Days.
Mr. Kregg Close was elected to replace Councilman Conyers in District A, Post 4.
At the meeting, Mr. Michael Bryant, Mr. Ken Vance, and Senator Dean Burke all thanked Mr. Conyers and presented him with plaques of recognition.