The Cedartown City Commission spent some time on Monday night thanking one of their own for his service before he finishes out his term later this month and starts a new chapter in life.

Commissioner Andrew Carter sat for his last regular meeting after spending the last 8 years in office serving the residents of the City of Cedartown as his second term came to a close. Carter decided not to seek a new term in office for the forthcoming new term.

Ryan Casey will be taking over the seat starting in January. He became the de facto next commissioner after he qualified without opposition for the 2023 ballot back in August.

The voice you hear on WGAA News, Sports and other broadcasts, Andrew Carter is the Station Manager and a longtime radio broadcaster in the area. He also serves as the Director of Music Ministries at First Baptist Church of Rockmart.

Carter got married to his wife Kristi in late October, and looks forward to getting to spend additional time with her and family now that he’ll no longer be serving the citizens of Cedartown in one less job than he currently holds.

“I have been blessed to represent the citizens of this great city for 8 years, but the time has come for me to step aside,” Carter said. “I recently got married and my wife and I are completing the process of moving to a new home in the county. I hope to continue to be active in public life in the future.”

Carter got involved in politics at the behest of longtime Commissioner Col. Larry Odom.

“(He) taught me to always think about your city and not about yourself. Never was this position about me, it was about this city. The honor was all mine. And I was honored to serve as chairman,” Carter said. “My time has come to a close. In conclusion, I would like to thank all who have served before me, served with me, and those who will serve after me. Cedartown is in good hands and I look forward to keeping up with everyone. I thank you all for your support.”

Along with many thanks, praises and well wishes from fellow commissioners, he was also presented with a plaque honoring his dedication to the role of city commissioner.

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