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Savannah's Mayor Addresses the Issues

Mayor Edna Jackson talks about her first year in office Mayor Edna Jackson talks about her first year in office

One year and counting for Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson.  

Tuesday night she will hold her first state of the city address.  

Everything from business to jobs, to crime and tourism will be on her agenda.

Almost a year into her first term, Mayor Edna Jackson has found herself dealing with questions about jobs, business, crime, and members of her own city government.

Back in October, then city manager Rochelle-Small Toney faced questions of misuse of funds.  

Everything from a lavish meet-and-greet to issues with purchasing and hiring brought her under fire, and led to City Council and the Mayor asking for her resignation.  
 
The Mayor talked about that difficult decision, and how it changed many people's perception.

"There are times when people mistake my friendliness and the way that I am as a sign of weakness. And then when they see I can make the hard decisions, it's surprising to them," explained Mayor Jackson. "Asking the City manager to resign, that was my hardest decision to make. It's because she is a very bright woman. I adore her to this day. She knows city government. (saying that) I would not have made my decision unless I felt it was right."

The issue most folks in Savannah are worried about is crime.

Especially one woman who emailed News 3.

Her note says her neighbor was robbed, and doesn't feel safe in Savannah. So she is ready to move out.

News 3 took her letter, and concerns, directly to the mayor.

"Anytime someone experiences something like that they are going to say the city is bad. Our city is not bad. Its an unfortunate situation," said Mayor Jackson. "We don't want these things to happen in our community, but you can't run away from it, but you can talk to us about it and help us make changes."

"My home was broken into years ago. In my house while I was there. Had I up and left this town. I can't hold a city responsible," said the Mayor. "Not only am I wanting her to come and talk to me, but I will come to her and talk with her."

"We are making changes. We've increased the budget of the police department. Not only that but our chief doing a fantastic job reorganizing the department, explained Mayor Jackson. "We could put thousands and thousands of people, officers on the street. Until we get the court system to work with us, until we get the penal system to work with us it doesn't matter."

"Biggest goal I have is to reduce crime in the county," said a thoughtful Edna Jackson. "That's my biggest goal. And get jobs because one impacts the other. If we can find jobs, crime will go down in this community."

Mayor Jackson's other big project, stopping potentially massive job cuts at Fort Stewart.

A new report shows as many as 8000 soldiers and civilians potentially out of a job in 2020. That could mean a 21% drop in annual sales in 5 counties.

Savannah will joins with Hinesville to petition Congressional leaders to keep all brigades and soldiers at the base, and stave off the devastating economic effect to the entire area.

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