Rose­berry to run for Ox­ford mayor’s seat

Cur­rent mayor Bill Murdy will not seek ad­di­tional term

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

Ox­ford coun­cil mem­ber Jerry Rose­berry has an­nounced he will be run for mayor of Ox­ford in Novem­ber.

Ox­ford’s present mayor, Bill Murdy, had pre­vi­ously an­nounced he would not seek to be re-elected when his term ex­pires at the end of the year.

Rose­berry has served on the Ox­ford City Coun­cil for two years, half of the four-year term he was orig­i­nally elected to. He will re­sign from the coun­cil on Mon­day in or­der to qual­ify for a run for mayor in ac­cor­dance with Ge­or­gia state law.

Murdy, the re­tired dean of Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity, said that at 78-years-old he felt it was time to step down and let the younger gen­er­a­tion han­dles the run­ning of the city.

“We need young peo­ple to come in with new ideas,” Murdy said. “I think it’s up to the younger peo­ple, it’s their turn.”

Murdy has served as Ox­ford’s mayor for two years, af­ter pre­vi­ously serv­ing two years on the Ox­ford City Coun­cil. He be­came mayor in May, 2005, af­ter the pre­vi­ous mayor of Ox­ford, Don Ballard, re­signed from of­fice.

Rose­berry said he de­cided to run for the po­si­tion af­ter sev­eral mem­bers of the com­mu­nity asked him to think about it.

Rose­berry is best known for his ef­forts in or­ga­niz­ing the city of Ox­ford’s op­po­si­tion to a pro­posal by La­farge Ag­gre­gates to build a sec­ond as­phalt plant near the border of Ox­ford ear­lier this year and for his role as project man­ager for the con­struc­tion of a main­te­nance fa­cil­ity for Ox­ford which opened late last year .

“I guess peo­ple have got­ten to know me,” said Rose­berry who has lived in Ox­ford for the past 10 years with his wife, Pat. “And be­ing in busi­ness I just know a lot of peo­ple.”

Rose­berry is the pres­i­dent of Mon­roe Power Equip­ment Com­pany of Cov­ing­ton. He earned his Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity.

A mem­ber of the Cov­ing­ton Ro­tary Club, Rose­berry said that he and his wife are very ac­tive in their church, Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church, where he serves as chair­man of the church’s fi­nance com­mit­tee.

Rose­berry said he has not yet put to­gether a cam­paign plat­form, but that if elected to the po­si­tion of mayor, he would work to bring more tax rev­enue to the city of Ox­ford to fund nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture projects.

“Just to re­place and re­pair our wa­ter sys­tem would be over $41 mil­lion,” Rose­berry said. “We’ve got to find money and find a bet­ter way of do­ing things. I think I can help.”

Rose­berry and his wife Pat have a son, a daugh­ter-in-law and two col­lege-aged grand­chil­dren.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for New­ton County mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions be­gins at 8:30 a.m. on Mon­day, Aug. 27, and ends at 4:30 p.m., Fri­day, Aug. 31.


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