TIFTON — There were all smiles and tears Monday evening as Councilwoman Marianna Keesee took her seat for the last time at her final Tifton City Council meeting. She has served on the council, representing District 1, for eight years. She had announced in August that she would not seek re-election.
The city presented Keesee with a gift, a white jacket with the city of Tifton logo, and a crystal award recognizing her for her “excellence in public service.”
After uttering tearful thank-yous, Keesee heard from her fellow council members who expressed gratitude for having served with her.
“I’m going to really miss you,” said Vice Mayor Johnny Terrell, noting he could always depend on Keesee for having good notes if he was unable to make it to a meeting. “It’s been a pleasure to work with you.”
Councilman Chris Parrott said sitting next to Keesee during meetings has only been a joy. He said with him being “one of the new kids on the block,” sometimes having that voice of experience next to him has always helped and he’s going to miss that a lot. He thanked Keesee for what she’s done for the council and her district.
“I cannot thank you enough for your guidance,” said Councilwoman Julie Smith. “These people have no idea how much time, energy, effort and heart you’ve put into this community.”
She added, “You’re such an example for me, and I’m proud to say that you’re my friend.” She said she’s going to miss Keesee and looks forward to working with Wes Ehlers, who’s been elected to represent District 1.
Smith thanked Keesee for her service and the example she’s set for her.
“I hope I can live up to that example. I love you, and I just can’t thank you enough for the service that you provide to this community,” she said.