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.