Bulloch County Commissioner Roy Thompson announced Friday he will not run for a fourth term as commissioner holding seat 2C, choosing instead to seek office as county commission chairman.
Current Bulloch County Commission Chairman Garrett Nevil said Thursday he plans to retire after his term is up Dec. 31.
“It saddens me that Chairman Nevil has decided not to seek re-election,” he said.” He has done a great job while leading the county. I hope we can get certain projects completed before his last year is up. Let me reiterate that it has been my pleasure to serve with him for 11, soon to be 12, years.”
Thompson was elected the same year as Nevil, serving his third term that will be completed Dec. 31 as well. He said he put a great deal of thought into running for commission chairman instead of commissioner.
“At the end of my present term I will have held seat 2C, as a commissioner, for 12 years,” he said. “My intention is to qualify for the chairman's seat of this great county in which we live. With the help of the other commissioners, and you the citizens, we'll strive to carry Bulloch County forward for the next four years.”
Thompson, a lifelong Bulloch County resident, has an extensive history in involvement with civic and other interests.
He served on Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Board, as a volunteer coach for over 30 years at Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation, and on the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as chairman.
A vocal commissioner, Thompson rarely hesitates to open discussion regarding topics of concern by citizens and has worked with other commissioners on several projects during his tenure.
He expects more to come, he said.
“Exciting times are ahead and I can envision; more jobs for citizens upon industrial or retail businesses locating in the industrial park at 301 and 1-16; by adding a feature to Splash in the ‘Boro, building a multi purpose use facility at the Ag Center, and developing a better working relationship with the City of Statesboro and other towns and communities in the county:” he said. “I'm certain many issues will arise, but we'll be ready to accept the challenges. Together, let’s make Bulloch County the place to live.”
The 1964 Statesboro High School graduate achieved a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Georgia Southern College (now University) in 1968.
He was honored as recipients of the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, and in 2011, both he and his wife Deborah were named Deen Day Smith Humanitarians of the Year.
For over a decade, the family has created an interactive Christmas lights display at TMT Farms on Old River Road, free to the public but also collecting donations including food for families in need.
He also served on the Board of Directors of Ogeechee Area Hospice, and is a member of First Baptist Church of Statesboro where he serves as a deacon. He is owner and president of Statesboro Floor Covering Service, Inc., which was established in 1952 by his father and mother.
He and Deborah have two adult children, Jennifer McCranie and Tyler Thompson, both whom work in the family business. They have nine grandchildren.
In his spare time, Thompson said “I enjoy my family, especially riding two little granddaughters on the tractor, moving dirt and trees with the backhoe, and watching sporting events.”
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.