Mayor Grissom to not run again

Blackshear Mayor Kevin Grissom

Blackshear will have a new mayor in 2022.

Mayor Kevin Grissom announced Friday he will not seek a full term in office in his own right and will step down from the post when his term ends in January.

“I sure have enjoyed my time as mayor, but I am looking to retire from full-time pastoring soon. While making my plans for retirement, it also made me think this would be a good time to step down as mayor,” he said.

Grissom also has served as pastor of the Blackshear Church of God for the last 10 years.

The Mayor says he is looking forward to working hard over the remainder of his term.

“I want to finish strong and be able to hand off to the next mayor with the city in good shape,” he said.

Grissom ran unopposed for mayor in a special election in March of 2019. He filled the almost three years remaining on the term of former Mayor Dick Larson, who resigned in August of 2018. Larson had just been sworn in to a second term in January of that year.

Councilman Keith Brooks officially announced last week he will run for the job around the time of Grissom’s announcement. (See related story.)

Qualifying for the Mayor’s post is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 16-Wednesday, August 18, at the Board of Elections Office, 312 Nichols St., Blackshear.