Fort Deposit gets first female mayor

Published 10:13 am Thursday, September 10, 2020

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lass ceilings have been shattered in Fort Deposit as the town’s citizens elected its first female mayor late last month.

Jacqulyn Davison-Boone was elected mayor.

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Davison-Boone said she was born and raised in Fort Deposit and went on to serve 16 years on the Fort Deposit Town Council.

Davison-Boone said she grew up in the “Vietnam” area of Fort Deposit, but now teaches school at Lowndes Middle School, where she is a special education teacher.

Talking to Davison-Boone one can see the passion she has for helping others and the need to make a difference.

“I want to make a difference and give back to the community,” she said. “Fort Deposit is a place I love.”

The town in southern Lowndes County boasts a population of not quite 1,200 people. So, everybody knows everybody.

As mayor, Davison-Boone said she was to actively be of service to all citizens.

“I want to treat everyone like family and give everyone an equal voice in our community,” she said. “I believe that relationships play a vital part in a successful community.”

Davison-Boone said she wants members of the community to step up.

“I want to see more people coming to our council meetings,” she said. “And extend the opportunities to more people to be parts of the various boards we have.”

Another initiative Davison-Boone wants to implement in order to give residents more of a voice is what she calls a collaboration box.

“It’s for suggestions and citizens’ input,” she said. “They’ll be able to drop concerns and suggestions.”

She said she wants to ensure that the best possible resources are made available for the community to be healthy and flourish.

Another area in which Davison-Boone plans to work for is the youth of Fort Deposit.

“I value the input and acknowledge the input of our youth,” she said.

Davison-Boone said the youth are the future of Fort Deposit.

She said currently, there are no recreation activities for youth who live in the community, and that’s something she wants to change.

“It’s important,” she said.

She also wants to improve economic development, add training centers and improve internal affairs.

“With God as our source and everyone working collaboratively, we have the ability to positivity transform our community,” she said.