A former Macon mayor is weighing in on the newly consolidated Macon-Bibb government.
Jim Marshall was mayor from 1995 to 1999 and afterward served in Congress.
Regarding the new government, Marshall says to get ready for a bumpy ride.
“Will there be some difficult decisions that have to be made, some fussin’, some fightin’ that will occur as a result of the process? Yes. But in the long run this should absolutely be very good for the city and the county,” he said.
Marshall knows about bumpy rides. After just 18 months, he has stepped down as president of the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. where he led a comprehensive reorganization.
At his 2012 swearing in ceremony for the post, Marshall related the federal institute's global mission to his experience back home.
“Politicians are a strange breed. I hadn’t been involved in politics really at all and was talked into running for mayor. Looking at the city of Macon I saw all these problems. And the politicians that were around me were describing the problems as opportunities," said Marshall. "And once I became the mayor I understood what they meant. You’re there to take care of these problems if you’re capable of doing that."
While Marshall has no definite plans yet, he says he’s open to returning to Macon to serve in some capacity.