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Dawsonville mayor receives GMRC’s “Elected Official of the Year” award
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Left to right: Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason and GMRC Executive Director Heather Feldman. (photo courtesy of the GMRC)

Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason has been chosen as the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s (GMRC) 2022 Elected Official of the Year, an honor presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, support and vision for the GMRC. 

Eason was presented with the award during the GMRC’s annual meeting, which was held at the Dillard House on Friday Dec. 2. According to a press release by the GMRC, Eason currently serves on the GMRC council and has been a huge supporter of the organization. 

“Mayor Eason sets an outstanding example of the strong determination, bold ideas, and the incredible amount of grit it takes to get this done in government,” GMRC Executive Director Heather Feldman said in the release. “His pride for his community is unwavering and his humble personality is admired by all.” 

On receiving the award, Eason thanked the GMRC for their hard work in Dawson and its surrounding communities. 

“The GMRC is a fantastic organization, which provides amazing support to cities and counties throughout its region,” Eason said in the release. “They help with grant writing and planning and provided the design draft for our Farmers Market here in Dawsonville. I am proud to serve on the Commission and on the Executive Board.” 

Other awards presented during the annual meeting included: 

  • Appointed Official of the Year: John Sell, Community and Economic Development Director, White County

  • GMRC Employee of the year: Joe Rothwell 

  • Council Member of the Year: Courtney Umbehant, Mayor, City of Lavonia

  • Chairman’s Award: Ken Schubring, GMRC Vice-Chairman

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