Joe Brannen has served the city of Statesboro for the past 15 years as a city councilman and mayor. Tuesday a special session of the Statesboro City Council was convened to honor him for his many years of service. Brannen is leaving the office of mayor in January after losing a re-election bid in November.
Brannen told them Statesboro has “grown into a big city” citing an increase in population from 20,000 to 31,500 and budget increase from $17.5 million to nearly $50 million since 1998 when he was first elected to the council.
After the special session of the Statesboro City Council he was lead outside to the Development Annex next door to find a large banner proclaiming it had been named “The Joe R. Brannen Hall”. Brannen said he was surprised and appreciated the gesture but felt he didn’t deserve it.
Brannen was presented with the gavel he used during the council meeting over which he presided.
The council did take care of a couple of items of business during the 10 minute special session.
They approved a special event permit to allow the Bulloch County Boys & Girls Club to serve alcohol at a fund raiser New Year’s Eve Party in the Gene Bishop Fieldhouse at Paulson Stadium.
It was announced that for the ninth consecutive year the City of Statesboro received the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Award, this for fiscal year 2012, for excellence in financial reporting.