December 6, 2011 Edna Jackson made history as Savannah’s first African- American female mayor. Jackson, who has served as member of city council since 2000, grew up in Savannah and graduated from Alfred Ely Beach Senior High School. She earned her bachelors at Savannah State University and her masters degrees through a joint program at Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic. She worked as an administrator Savannah State for approximately 30 years.
Considered one of Savannah’s more popular elected officials, Jackson noted for her relentless work ethic. Her involvement with neighborhood organizations started long before she was elected mayor.
She has consistently attended neighborhood meetings throughout the city for more than 10 years. Jackson said she wants to continue an aggressive and balanced approach to reducing crime in order to make Savannah safer. “We must be aggres- sive in enforcing our laws, while also working to combat the problems of poverty and despair which often leads to a life of crime,” she said. She promises to continue the town hall meetings, and is committed to making city government even more responsive, transparent, and accountable to the citizens.
During her years on city council, Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson worked with municipal leaders from around the nation. She is a past chairperson of the Chatham Municipal Association, board member of the National League of Cities (NLC), past president of the NLC Women in Municipal Government, member of the NLC Leadership Council, a director of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), and past president of District 12 of the GMA.
She has realized her vision for Savannah by promoting job development and opportunities, developing affordable housing for Savannah residents, forging partnerships that will enhance educational opportunities and continuing the revitalization of downtown Savannah and inner-city neighborhoods.
In addition to these achievements Jackson has protected and improved roads, sidewalks and drainage programs while continuing to recycle and look for new energy conservation methods.
Jackson has been a strong supporter of the police department and its neighborhood policing programs, which have substantially reduced Savannah’s crime rate in the last few years.
She has been committed to continued improvements to make Savannah one of the safest cities in our country.
She is a strong leader in the preservation and improvement of the historic district, and the beautiful squares and parks.
The Savannah Tribune salutes Mayor Edna Jackson for all her hard work and determination.