by Ann Almond
Palmetto is located 20 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport which provides transportation connections to the residents and businesses within the city easy access to the Atlanta region and the world. The history of Palmetto is filled with many historical events. From its beginning Palmetto has experienced many years of prosperity and achievements. The city is planning to lead Palmetto South Fulton by attracting new businesses and jobs by focusing on growth, quality of life and innovations.
With Mayor J. Clark Boddie at the helm, the city is sure to prosper. Mayor Boddie has an extensive and impressive background. He retired as Chief Deputy Marshal in 2007 from Fulton County, Georgia, with 34 years in law enforcement. After four years of retirement, Mayor Boddie ran for and was elected Mayor of Palmetto for an eighth term, taking office January 3, 2012. He was first elected Mayor of Palmetto in 1986, a position he held for 21 years. Additionally, Boddie is the former Chief of Police in Palmetto from 1977 till 1985.
Mayor Boddie wears many hats. He is an active member of the Georgia Municipal Association, serving as Vice President District 3 (Southeast) and past Chairman of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Mayor Boddie also served as Chairman of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayor’s Motorcade to the Georgia Regional Hospital for 15 years and considered it the highlight of the Christmas Holiday as donations of money and gifts were delivered to the hospital each year in December.
He also served as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission for 16 years, first being elected by fellow South Fulton Mayors in 1990. During that time Mayor Boddie served two terms as Vice-Chairman of the ARC Board, also Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, and Chairman of Workforce Development and Aging Services.
The Mayor most recently served as Vice Chair of MAMA, a cooperative alliance of the mayors of 70 cities in the 10-county metro Atlanta region.
Mayor Boddie and wife Karen have a son, John and Mayor Boddie has a daughter, Tashia. They enjoy time spent with their granddaughters, Morgan, Madison and Selena.