GMA inducted Palmetto Mayor and MAMA Chair Clark Boddie into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah.
The Hall of Fame honors municipal officials who exemplify the best in public
service, and who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary
contributions to their communities and Georgia’s cities.
|Dallas Mayor and new GMA President Boyd Austin (left) and Carl Vinson
Institute of Government Director Laura Meadows (right) congratulate Palmetto
Mayor and MAMA Chair Clark Boddie (center) for being inducted in the Municipal
Government Hall of Fame, receiving his Certificate of Achievement and completing the annual Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute.|
has served the city of Palmetto for more than 30 years. He served as chief of
police for the city for eight years, during which time he improved the level of
service through community policing; worked with the mayor and council to
improve police benefits; brought the jail into compliance with state
requirements; and led efforts to earn the department’s first POST
Since then, Boddie has served two stints as mayor, for a total of 25 years in
office. Through his leadership, the federal General Services Administration
located a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center in the city’s industrial
park in 1988. Today, the facility houses a Lowe’s Distribution Center that is
one of the city’s largest electrical users. He helped establish the city’s
first senior center in partnership with the county, and throughout his tenure,
improving all city facilities has been a major priority for him.
Boddie has also had a major impact on the region and the state. He was involved
in the first ever Mayors’ Walk in the region to benefit seniors, he serves on
the regional commission board and chairs its Aging and Health Resources
Committee and as chairman of the regional jail authority.
Within GMA, Boddie has served as chair of the Public Safety Policy Committee
and currently serves as an at-large Board member.
“He’s been a strong supporter of GMA over the years,” said GMA Executive
Director Lamar Norton. “His dedication to the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade is
legendary, and he has served as chair of the regional hospital Motorcade for
more than 15 years. On top of all that, he serves with a joy and an enthusiasm
that is contagious