Bolden withdraws

Renè Bolden

Renè Bolden has withdrawn her name as an applicant for Blackshear City Clerk.

Councilman Shawn Godwin informed The Times of Bolden’s decision Sunday morning. Bolden and Mayor Kevin Grissom confirmed the report Monday morning.

Bolden applied for the position weeks ago, before encountering a family situation that is currently taking much of her time and energy.

“I didn’t want to go into that position (of city clerk) and maybe have to ease out later,” Bolden says.

“She sent me an email on Saturday evening,” Grissom confirmed.

“After careful consideration and much prayer I would like to withdraw my application for the City Clerk of Blackshear ... I certainly appreciate you taking the time to interview me and your consideration for me to serve in my hometown,” the email read.

Grissom then advised council members and city attorney Adam Ferrell of Bolden’s decision Sunday.

A committee of city department heads, Godwin and Councilman Corey Lesseig interviewed the council’s top two candidates, Bolden and Jenny Grant, following the council’s work session Monday, Feb. 3.

The council was expected discuss and possibly make a hiring decision at last night’s council meeting, held after The Times’ deadline. The item was listed on the meeting agenda.

Bolden, a Blackshear native, is a former city employee. She served as Main Street Manager from 2016-2017. Prior to serving as manager, Bolden was the assistant program manager for two years.

Grant is currently employed with the city as an administrative assistant. She was hired in April 2019. Grant has taken on several additional responsibilities in her time with the city, including some city clerk duties following the resignation of former city clerk Suzanne Manning last September. She also serves as a water/sewer clerk and payroll clerk for the city.