Meet Kenneth E Smith, Sr – Mayor of Kingsland, GA


I met Mayor Smith on Mar 7th, when I stayed in Kingsland, Georgia.  Mayor Smith served three tours of duty in Vietnam, was exposed to Agent Orange and enemy gunfire serving in the ‘brown water Navy’ (naval operations in the rivers of Vietnam) before leaving the service in 1969.  His biography follows:

Mayor Kenneth E. Smith, Sr. is a native of Kingsland, Georgia.  He served sixteen years as Councilman for the City of Kingsland and was first sworn into office as the Mayor in January 2002.Mayor Smith has prioritized the interests of Kingsland residents, families and businesses.  He has made himself accessible to all of his constituents and works diligently as an ambassador for Kingsland and ultimately its well being.

In 2008, Mayor Smith served as President of the Georgia Municipal Association.  Currently he serves on the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors, the Legislative Committee, the Budget Committee and the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefit System and Worker’s Compensation Self-Insurance Fund.

Prior service includes the Georgia Municipal Association’s Revenue and Finance Committee, District 12 President, Dues and Revenue Study Subcommittee, Municipal Operations Committee; and, the Resolutions Committee.  Mayor Smith has earned four certificates of achievement and excellence upon completing hours of municipal training at the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute for elected officials.

He also serves as vice chairman of the PSA (Public Service Authority), of Camden County, a member of the Elks Lodge of Camden County, and serves as an executive board member of the Coastal Regional Transportation Roundtable.

The Mayor participated in the oversight of the recent installation of a state-of-the-art $13 million dollar wastewater treatment facility.  This facility doubled our wastewater capacity yet is very cost efficient.  It is beautifully landscaped and returns clean water back to the St Marys River.

Mayor Smith is a lifelong member of the First African Missionary Baptist Church in Kingsland, and actively serves as a board officer for the church.  He also serves as Vice President for the Zion Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress.

In 1965, he graduated from Ralph Johnson Bunche High School.  After graduation, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy, where he completed three tours in Vietnam.  He and his wife, Peggy, have three sons, Kenneth Jr., Kevin, and Kimyatta and are also blessed with five grandchildren.

Tom writing here again.  The thing that impressed me the most about the Mayor was his insistence on escorting me to the Veterans Park to have the Memorial Ceremony in Kingsland where he & I read the names of those from the area who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Although it was a busy day for the Kingsland city officials and they could not attend the ceremony, Mayor Smith made the point of making this his priority at 5:00 pm.

Thank you Mister Mayor, for one of the most heartfelt and personal ceremonies that I’ve had during this trip

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