Perdue to agency heads: ‘Finish strong’

Gov. Sonny Perdue charged state agency leaders this morning to make the most of the final months of his administration.

Perdue, who is constitutionally prevented from seeking a third term, will leave the governor’s office in Jan. 2011. That’s not a lot time, he told more than 200 agency directors and state employees at a morning event at The Depot, where he also honored the state’s “customer service heroes.”

“We have 444 days left to make a difference,” Perdue said. “And that’s why need to make everyday count.”

Yes, he said, there is uncertainty over the state’s finances that will impact their final months together. But, he said, they still have a job to do.

“Finish strong. Finish the drill,” he said, a phrase borrowed from Mark Richt, head football coach of Perdue’s beloved Georgia Bulldogs.

“I don’t want to leave in January 2011 and say, ‘Boy, I wish I had done that,’” he said.

It was one the first times that Perdue has publicly talked about the coming end of his administration. After nearly seven years in office, the inevitable is marching ever closer.

“I wish I could give you the certainty of where our revenue is going to be,” he said. “I can’t do that. We can, however, distinguish ourselves by clarity of service and commitment of making people’s lives better. There are things that people depend on from us that they can’t do for themselves.

“We can enjoy the blessings of making people’s lives better.”

Recognized for their work over the past year as customer service heroes were:

Judge David Imahara and Cathy Gillespie of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation;

Mpra Kwarteng, Tamra Ortgies Young and Lisa Fowler of Georgia Perimeter College;

and Tanguler Gray and Pamela Shepherd of the DHS-Office of  Child Support Services.

6 comments Add your comment

Base

October 23rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Sorry Sonny and his henchmen have been a disaster for the state.Check the unemployment rate.

JM

October 23rd, 2009
12:56 pm

Perdue has been a stunning failure of a governor on virtually every level. the sooner he is retired, the better it will be for our entire state and the republican party.

BidRed

October 25th, 2009
7:37 am

The honorable thing to do would be to resign now and not put Georgians through another year of his administration.

W

November 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

Can’t wait for Sonny to retire and “GO FISH!” I can’t think of any examples of his moving Georgia forward.

DOT

November 2nd, 2009
4:41 pm

What is a sorry governor!

aj

January 14th, 2010
10:15 am

I CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM ON HIS WAY>>>> WHAT HAS HE REALLY DONE FOR GEORGIA??? WHO ELECTED THIS GUY?? GET HIM OUT NOW. I LIVE IN A TOWN THAT ONCE HAD 4 STATE PRISONS & A YDC WHAT DO WE HAVE NOW??? 2 PRISONS THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO CLOSE AND NO YDC…NOW LETS TALK ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT