December 31, 2013

Letter: Always grateful

— When I took over as the mayor of Varnell, back in November 2008, at the age of 31, one might say that I was “wet behind the ears.”

I had no experience in municipal government and virtually had no idea what I had just gotten in to. I had a passion to change my community and make it a better place to live, but I did not know exactly where to start. I also did not have the knowledge to fill out much of the required paperwork for the state of Georgia nor know many of the deadline dates that the state sets every year on certain reports and paperwork.

It was then that Tunnel Hill Mayor Kenny Gowin first offered to help me in any way, and he has continued to mentor me on an almost weekly basis since then, just to make sure I was all right and to see if I needed any help.

I’m not sure I could have made it without Mayor Gowin. His experience and his mentorship helped Mayor Pro Tem David Owens and myself along the way and we often leaned on Mayor Gowin for sound advice.

As I look back over the past five years, I believe that I have made Varnell a better place to live and raise a family. I’ve had hundreds of stressful days where I was constantly trying to manage a business, raise a young family, stay very involved in my church and manage the city of Varnell. Mayor Gowin helped me through many of those days and for that I will always be grateful. I hope the city of Tunnel Hill knows what great leadership they have in City Manager Blake Griffin and Mayor Kenny Gowin.

I also believe the citizens of Varnell should “tip their hat” to the leaders of the city of Tunnel Hill for the kindness and generosity they have given Varnell over the past several years.

Acts of kindness such as this are what make Whitfield County such a great place to live.

Dan Peeples