Macon-Bibb County Mayor-elect Lester Miller talks about goals
Miller visited the center of government for the first time since being elected Macon’s next mayor
MACON, GA – Lester Miller spoke with 13WMAZ and discussed everything from transition plans to what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure. After this interview, we were the only camera in the building watching the mayor-elect visit the center of government for the first time since being elected.
“I’ve been here a few times, but it takes on new meaning today,” Miller told WMAZ outside the mayor’s office.
Mayor-elect Lester Miller first visited the Commission office with Clerk Janice Ross. He was even able to check the county vault with records dating back decades. Then across the hall, Miller sat down with the current mayor, Robert Reichert. They talked about the victory and the coming transition in December and January.
Miller told us he was ready to get down to business.
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m all-in when I take on a task. I’m 100 percent, 110 percent, usually. I don’t think anyone is going to outdo me,” Miller said.
One of its first priorities is to look after the public safety of the county.
“The first thing you need to do is make sure that we have a highly trained and highly trained police service in all areas from community policing to human being besides being well trained, but for to do that, you have to have a well-paid public safety, ”Miller said.
Miller says he will work to fund the new pay scale and in particular make sure MPs and firefighters get the pay they deserve.
In addition, during his first year in office, he hopes to have a pilot program of his Justice Works program.
The voluntary program would allow inmates convicted of non-violent crimes to work and earn a salary while incarcerated. In turn, he said it would help tackle homelessness. When people get out of jail, they’ve already worked and have a pay stub to help them find a place to live.
Miller said the program could also get some MPs out of jail and patrol the streets.
Miller also mentioned the establishment of a moratorium on liquor stores in some areas of the county. This is something the commission has already considered. Miller says a moratorium could reduce crime and create better jobs.
“People drive into Macon-Bibb County. If they come from out of town, from businesses that want to set up here, they see a liquor store on every corner or, you know, maybe a pawnshop or places like the payday loan, ”Miller said,“ They usually think, ‘This is not where I want to be,’ and they usually think we’re going having low scores here when it comes to your credit scores, your creditworthiness, and that plays a big part in bringing jobs here, as well as, you know, having a workforce you need for new businesses . “
Politics aside, Miller says his ultimate goal is to unify the community during his tenure by having open and honest conversations in all parts of the county.
“I think this will be the first step in building a trusting relationship with everyone in the community so they can see,” Hey, is Lester Miller really saying or doing what he says he is go do? “and to do that, ‘Is he really going to go into our communities and try to help us?’” Miller said.
As for the transition squad, Miller says he’s not quite ready to release who will be on that squad just yet, but he said it would reflect the diversity of the campaign.
It has been over a decade since Macon-Bibb County had a new mayor. However, Miller says he, Mayor Reichert and the cabinet have a good working relationship.
Mayor-elect Lester Miller and the committee will begin their term on January 1, 2021.