Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ellis at the end

This is part funny and part sad, but mostly it's just very human:

Macon Mayor Jack Ellis, whose last day in office is Tuesday, has called on members of the Urban Development Authority, Industrial Authority, Chamber of Commerce, NewTown Macon and the Macon Economic Development Commission to join him for lunch on Monday.

I haven't been able to get in touch with the mayor, but from talking to some of the invitees, it sounds like he wants to debrief them, share his thoughts on a few things and talk about his vision for the city's future. I guess that's just in case folks missed it the last 8 years he's been in office. The request went out today about lunchtime, and a lot of these people are the busy mover-and-shaker type. It will be interesting to see how many pay Ellis the respect honoring this relatively last-minute request.

I've spent a lot of time with the mayor over the last week for a story I'm doing about him leaving office. I've watched him interact with several different groups: school children, city sanitation workers, local officials. He has done what many men of power do when that power is at its end: Seemed desperate to make some final impact.

UPDATE: I spoke to the mayor about this:
"I want to speak to them about some things that I'm privy to, some things that Standard & Poor's and Moody's said to us. And we all have to come together and address those issues, especially when they're talking about a stagnant tax base. I thin that we are better off than what Wall Street is seeing us as. ... And vision, too. I want to thank them and then we want to talk about what I think... it's kind of like my last mini state of the city address, if you will. ... I wanted to do a wrap up to let them know some of the things that we've done together as well as some of the things that we've yet to do."

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