Monday, August 17, 2009

Retired School Teacher Joe Posey to seek Council Post

The post Posey is seeking is currently held by Councilman Joe Kusar, who has said he intends to run for re-election.

Posey said the reason he’s running for council is simple and straightforward: “I love Perry. I think it’s a great place, I feel fortunate to live here. I have the time now and I’d just like to be a part of the decision-making process.”

He stresses he has no agenda, and adds, “I’m not running against anyone because I think they’re not doing a good job.”

He cited as a key issue for Perry’s city government “preparing for growth, now and in the future.” He also said he would “like to be involved with helping revitalize Downtown Perry.”
Posey ran for council 29 years ago, but was not elected, and says he’s often thought about running again, now that he has the time to devote to the job.
He noted that he’s just finished a two-year bout with cancer “and that gives you a new perspective on life and makes you want to do something.”

A former teacher at Russell and Lindsey Elementary Schools and at Warner Robins Middle School, Posey has also worked in education as director of counseling and testing at Macon State College and as a consultant with Middle Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency).
He earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgia Southern University after attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Fort Valley State, along with graduate studies in career development at the University of Georgia.

A member of Perry United Methodist Church, he teaches the Pathfinders adult Sunday School class. He is a past chairman of the Westfield Schools board of Trustees and past president of the Perry Country Club board of directors and the club’s Men’s Golf Association.
He and Judy, his wife of 36 years, have two daughters and three grandchildren.
He lists as hobbies golf, gardening and model railroading.

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