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Incumbent asks for third term
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 04, 2012 | 1198 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preston Hawkins
Preston Hawkins
Jones County’s Board of Commissioner chairman is seeking a third term in the office with the goal of seeing projects begun under his watch completed.

Preston Hawkins retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation as a construction engineer with 34 years of service and worked as a consultant for the engineering management firm of Moreland Altobelli Associates for 14 years.

He ran for chairman of the board in 2004 and won the election in a runoff over Al Andrews.

Hawkins reflected on his terms in office during an interview last week and said he feels one of his biggest accomplishments since being elected was getting the North Gray Bypass back on track.

The project was stalled at the Georgia Department of Transportation, but the chairman’s knowledge and connections in the department, with assistance from Jim Cole, breathed new life into the project.

Hawkins said he met with a GDOT agent last week and was told all but three of the 80 rights of way involved had been acquired. He said those three would probably be condemned.

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