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Commissioner Tom Lowe announces retirement


February 12, 2014
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe has announced his retirement from Fulton County Board of Commissioners. He intends to complete his current term, which ends this year.

Lowe was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1974. He is now in his 40th year of service and is among the longest-serving county commissioners in Georgia.

Lowe announced his retirement during the Feb. 5 meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

"I'm in my 40th year of service and have not missed any regular meetings," he said. "That is 470 meetings so far. I've enjoyed the people here, and enjoyed standing with them and by them.

"I'd like to thank my wife, former state House member Bettye Lowe, who was probably the first Republican to win countywide in Fulton County," Lowe said. "I'd also like to thank the rest of my family for their support.

"I think the greatest thing in the world is to know when your time is up. I've got to spend more time with my family and it's time for me to go," he said. "I offer my best wishes to each and every one of you, and my staff. Thanks so much for 40 good years."

Following his announcement, Lowe's colleagues on the Board of Commissioners gave him a standing ovation and thanked him for his service to Fulton County citizens.

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    About time
    February 12, 2014 | 01:07 PM

    Tom Lowe's retirement can't take effect soon enough. Tom was great in his day but had lost his effectiveness. In recent years, he slept through many meetings and was no longer the advocate for North Fulton that he once was -- simply going along with the majority as they taxed North Fulton and spent it on South Fulton. Unfortunately, at this point, it would be better for him to retire now than wait for his term to expire.

    Mark in JC
    Johns Creek
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