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Jimmy Hamby retires from board of commissioners
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Jimmy Hamby, center, was recognized Dec. 13 for serving eight years as District 3 commissioner for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. - photo by Allie Dean

District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby was recognized at last week’s work session for his eight years served on the board of commissioners.

His last meeting will be Dec. 20.

Hamby announced he would not be running for re-election in January, stating he was imposing a two-term limit on himself.

Hamby first took office in January 2011 and was elected to a second term in 2014. He succeeded Commissioner Mike Connor, who chose not to seek re-election.

Taking his seat on the commission in January will be Tim Satterfield, who ran unopposed in this year’s election.

Hamby is a lifelong Dawson County resident. He is married to Shirley and the two have a son, Chess, who is a teacher and coach at Dawson County High School.

“I’ve enjoyed it, I really have,” Hamby said Dec. 13. “Ups and downs but for the most part it's been good. Just continue doing what we’ve been doing. I’m going to turn it over to Tim and I’m going to hold him accountable too. I appreciate the support.”

Board members and county staff took a few moments at the end of the meeting to thank Hamby for his work and his service.

“Even though I have only been serving with him for two years, I have known him my entire life and I appreciate his service and commitment to Dawson County,” Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond said. “If you never sit up here you don’t really understand what the commitment is. I appreciate somebody that is willing to step up and do that and work diligently to make the county move forward. Jimmy has done that the past eight years.”

District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix said she has enjoyed working with Hamby, and that while he may be off the board she will still look to him for advice.

“I’m still going to lean on him and get information from him and talk with him,” she said.

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines has served on the board with Hamby for only the past two years, and said it has been a pleasure getting to know him as a fellow commissioner as well as a friend.

District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett had nothing but kind words to say as well.

“I have really enjoyed working with Jimmy and he is a standup guy, an honorable man, has so much common sense and he has his excellent decision making skills and I’m going to miss him here but he’s not getting rid of me,” she said.

Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett also addressed Hamby’s tenure on the board.

“I could always look at Jimmy and if there was something I knew he wanted to question he could question it, but if not I always felt like he had so much faith in me in doing the job at the senior center,” she said. “I’m going to miss his face and his every other weekly hug. Thank you for your hard work that you’ve done for us.”

Facilities Director James Tolbert had the last word.

“After knowing you for 30 years I never thought I would see you up there in that position but I think you've done a wonderful job and I appreciate your contributions,” he said. “It took you a little while to get in there but after you got the hang of it you done a good job.”

“That makes two of us,” Hamby replied.