Mr. Gary L. Atwater represents District 1 and has been a Thomaston City Councilman for 14 years. Councilman Atwater is a graduate of R. E. Lee Institution and a graduate of Fort Valley State University, where he earned a degree in Business Management. He is also a graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching, receiving a B. A. in Bible.
After serving nine years in the United States Army, Mr. Atwater resigned his Commission at the rank of Captain to go into the Ministry on a full time basis.
As a Gospel Preacher of 34 years, Mr. Atwater has preached across the country – serving congregations of the Church of Christ. He is currently the preacher at College Street Church of Christ, Thomaston.
Mr. Atwater is also a Senior Parole Officer with The Department of Community Supervision (State Board of Pardons and Parole Office), where he has worked for almost 13 years, supervising the City of Manchester and south Thomaston.
He has been married to the former Diana Wooden of Bolivar, Tennessee, for 36 years. They have two sons, Termain and Christopher. Termain is a Major in the U. S. Air Force, and Christopher is a Captain in the U. S. Army. They also have three grandchildren.
As a Thomaston City Councilman, Mr. Atwater has worked for 14 years to improve his district, focusing on the basic needs of his constituents, such as paving roads and replacing water and sewer lines, as well as enhancing the quality of life for his District 1 neighbors.
“I consider the renovations at Park Street Playground and Weaver Park to be some of the most rewarding work I’ve done. To see the children and families together enjoying our ‘Crown Jewel’ on Park Street warms my heart,” Mr. Atwater exclaimed. “My vote to approve the Greatest Generation Memorial Park was instrumental in creating that wonderful park we have all enjoyed now for years.”
Mr. Atwater has worked to keep costs down while making much needed improvements to the city’s aging infrastructure.
“Over the past decade, the council has cut costs in government by reducing staff and spending. We have managed to prevent a property tax increase for the last 13 years – during tough economic times – and have kept residential utility rates down below Georgia Power rates. Yet, we still have been able to pave roads and replace water and sewer lines. We have paved over a third of the city’s streets, including many in District 1. Additionally, the very first speed bumps that went up in town were in District 1 on Wesley and Bell streets – helping to keep our kids safe.
“The council has also poured miles of new sidewalks in District 1,” Mr. Atwater continued. “We’ve also replaced many, many miles of water and sewer lines throughout the city and in my district”
Mr. Atwater explained current projects he is working on with the council.
“We are now focusing on continuing the street paving and water/sewer work, as well as beginning the development of Lake Thomaston Park – a 70-acre lake park complete with an amphitheatre for plays and concerts, bathrooms and a pavilion.
“We are also doing the crucial work of improving safety in town. We are currently expanding the Thomaston Police Department by adding on to the current building and increasing the number of police officers. We are dedicated to keeping Thomaston a safe place to live and work.
“Helping improve Thomaston for my neighborhood and for everyone in town has been an honor and a joy,” Mr. Atwater said in conclusion. “I would greatly appreciate your vote on November 3 for the District 1 Council Seat. I promise to continue working diligently, honestly and with your best interest in my heart. And I sincerely thank you for your vote. I am definitely ready to continue service!”