Flowers begins tenure as Thomasville mayor

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Jan. 11—THOMASVILLE — Two new members of the Thomasville City Council took their oaths of office Monday night, and council members also chose a new mayor.

Jay Flowers, a 10-year council veteran, was chosen unanimously to serve as mayor for the next four years. Todd Mobley, who has been on the council for four years, was chosen as mayor pro tem.

"Our primary responsibility is the fiscal integrity of this community," Flowers said after his selection as mayor. "That's our primary role. I will say that every decision we make is run through that filter first."

Flowers also lauded the city's departments for the services provided and pointed out how often those departments are cited for accomplishments on a state, regional and national level.

"That doesn't happen unless you have really good leadership," he said.

Mobley, starting his second term on city council, thanked his fellow council members for choosing him as mayor pro tem.

"I hope we can work together and get a lot of things done here in Thomasville," he said.

Terry Scott, who has served once on city council, was sworn in after winning his race against Greg Hobbs.

"I am looking forward to working with the council," Scott said.

Scott Chastain, who unseated David Hufstetler in their race, also was sworn in for his first term.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I'm excited to work with the staff and get a lot of positive things for our community."

Council member Wanda Warren, who has been on council for two years, welcomed her new colleagues.

"Just remember we are policy makers," she said. "Always keep in mind what is best for our city and our community overall."

Flowers also thanked Hobbs, who was on council for 12 years, and Hufstetler for their service on the council.

"They both did what they did very well. I really appreciate their service and the opportunity to serve with them," he said.

After having a seat to the left of the mayor for the last several years, Flowers noticed the difference from his new vantage point.

"It's a real honor," he said. "I've been here 10 years and I've watched this process, and I'm really honored to sit here. It's different. it's a different perspective.

"Thomasville works as a team. It truly does," Flowers said. "It's a unique environment to watch. We have 22,000 bosses that care and they comment and they bring up thoughts and praise. I'm really proud to be part of that and I'm really proud of Thomasville."

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