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Davis honored for his time on town council

The Farmville Town Council honored outgoing councilmember Jamie Davis of Ward E during its Wednesday, June 10, council meeting.

Davis, who announced in February that he would not seek reelection, citing wanting to spend more time with his family, said he is not ruling out public office altogether but says, “Now is a necessary ending to a rewarding eight years of service.”

Sallie Overton Amos will now serve Ward E on council.

“In 2012, when I was first elected, my children were 3 and 6 years old. I wanted to help shape the direction of our community in ways that would contribute to making Farmville a better place to live, conduct business, and to raise families,” Davis said. “My boys are now 11 and 14. While I am involved in many of their activities, I am looking forward to having more time with them.”

When it comes to serving on the council, Davis says he enjoyed working with the mayor and council to make progress happen and always felt he could express his thoughts.

During his time on council Davis served as chairman of the finance and ordinance committee.

According to Davis, since 2012, the town has reduced its general obligation debt by more than $9 million, from $19 million to $9.8 million while taking on no additional debt.

“We have been able to pay for big-ticket items and improvements without having to finance them,” Davis said.

Davis said that in 2012 $1.19 million was used off the town’s line of credit, in 2013 $1 million, in 2014 $900,000, in 2015 $600,000, all of which was paid back to the line of credit within about six months.

Davis’ term will end June 30.