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Mayor, councilman earn awards at the Georgia Municipal Association meeting
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Mayor Bill Hatcher - photo by Herald File
    Statesboro Mayor Bill Hatcher and councilman John Morris were recognized at the annual Georgia Municipal Association meeting held last month in Savannah.
    Hatcher was one of 11 officials to earn the prestigious "Certificate of Excellence" from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute. To qualify, Hatcher had to complete a minimum of 120 units of credit provided by the GMTI, which is a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
    The classes offered provide a nationally recognized series of training opportunity for elected officials.
    Morris, meanwhile, earned the "Certificate of Achievement" for completing 72 units of credit.
    Jim Higdon, executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association, commended both men for the dedication they've shown in "using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official."
    Higdon said it was "an outstanding accomplishment" for both Hatcher and Morris to earn their certificates.
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