The members of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association unanimously elected Palmetto Mayor J. Clark Boddie as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association during a meeting at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference on January 25. Boddie most recently served as vice chair of MAMA, a cooperative alliance of the mayors of 70 cities in the 10-county metro Atlanta region. Boddie succeeds Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson as chair.
Boddie was first elected mayor of Palmetto in 1986, a position he held for 21 years. Boddie was the chief of police in Palmetto from 1977 until 1985.
As the new chair of MAMA, Boddie said he is excited about working with the cities in the Atlanta region to identify local problems the association can work on as a group.
“It could be dealing with revenue and service delivery
issues, economic development or the current challenge of adequate
transportation funding,” he said.
Boddie retired as Chief Deputy Marshal in 2007 from Fulton
County, with 34 years in law enforcement. After four years of retirement,
Boddie ran for and was elected Mayor of Palmetto for an eighth term, taking
office January 3, 2012.
Boddie is an active member of the Georgia Municipal
Association, serving as a past district president and also past chairman of the
Public Safety Committee. Boddie also served as chairman of the GMA’s Mayor’s
Motorcade to the Georgia Regional Hospital for 15 years and considered it the
highlight of the Christmas Holiday as donations of money and gifts were
delivered to the hospital each year in December.
Boddie served as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission for 16 years, first being elected by fellow South Fulton mayors in 1990. During that time Boddie served two terms as vice-chairman of the ARC Board, also chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, and chairman of Workforce Development and Aging Services. Boddie returned to the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2012, now serves as chairman
of the Aging and Health Services Committee.
Boddie now serves on the Area 7 “All Hazard Advisory
Council” dealing with regional response and recovery strategies, facilitating
mutual aid and advising the state on potential projects for grant funding. Boddie
serves as a board member on the Fulton County Public Safety Training Academy.
Boddie is also one of seven members that represent the South Fulton Municipal
Regional Water and Sewer Authority established by legislation in 2000. He
MAMA’s purpose is to foster communications among cities in the metro Atlanta region, support public policy decisions beneficial to them, coordinate activities among the cities that benefit the entire region, and communicate identified needs to federal, state and regional agencies and organizations and to the citizens of the region.