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    LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton to be Inducted GMA President

    LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton will be  inducted as Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) President Sunday,  August 8th. The ceremony will take place during the GMA’s annual  meeting this weekend in Savannah, Georgia.  

    Thornton was elected to the LaGrange City Council in 2009, and after  serving one full term on the council, was elected Mayor in 2013. Within GMA, he has served on the Board of Directors and has  previously chaired the Legislative Policy Council, the Federal Policy

    Council, the Member Services Advisory Council, and the Municipal  Government Policy Committee. Thornton was appointed as a co-chair  of the recently established GMA Equity and Inclusion Commission.  

    LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton will be the third LaGrange mayor to  serve as President of GMA when he takes office Sunday. LaGrange  Mayor R. S. O’Neal was elected President of GMA in 1944 and LaGrange  Mayor Frank Tigner was elected President of GMA in 1955. Numerous  LaGrange mayors and city council members have served on the Board  of GMA and on its various committees throughout the history of the  organization.  

    “I am very excited about taking on this leadership role at GMA.  Through its member services and its networking, training, and advocacy  programs, GMA is a tremendous resource to all 537 of its member  cities,” said Mayor Thornton. “LaGrange has benefited from the work of  GMA over the years, and I have enjoyed being active with the  association. I appreciate the confidence of the GMA members who  have given me the opportunity to serve our state and its cities in this  position.” 

    GMA was founded in 1933 by Georgia cities in response to a legislative  attempt by the Georgia General Assembly to curtail local autonomy.  Dozens of cities met in Macon that year and organized the Georgia  Municipal Association under the leadership of its first President, Atlanta  Mayor James L. Key. There were 56 “charter members” of GMA in  1933. Today all 537 Georgia cities are members. The City of LaGrange  was one of the original charter members.  

    About GMA: Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit  organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee  benefit and technical assistance services to its 537 member cities.

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