THOMASVILLE — Cheryl Presha did not have a lot to say while serving as a temporary member of Thomasville City Council.
"I sat, listened and saw," she said.
Presha was chosen by city council from several applicants to serve as a temporary council member to fill the seat of Mayor Greg Hobbs, who was suspended by Gov. Brian Kemp after Hobbs was indicted on six counts of city-related crimes. Hobbs entered nolo contendere pleas in July to two misdemeanor charges and returned to the council in August.
At the Monday council meeting, Presha told council members she wants local law enforcement agencies to stop "name-calling and back-stabbing."
In a later interview, Presha said she wants acts of revenge among city and county law enforcement agencies to end.
"It's petty stuff," Presha said.
She pointed out lawsuits filed by local residents against the city to obtain information.
"They're in their rights," Presha said about plaintiffs.
Cliques exist in the city, she said, but everyone should work toward betterment for the city "and cut out the squabbling."
"It's like the spotlight is on Thomasville City Council," she said.
The council's concerns should be about needs in the city, such as housing and streets that need attention, Presha said.
"We need to stop being complacent," Presha said, urging residents to attend council workshops, committee meetings and regular council meetings.
While addressing the council Monday, Presha said a lot of people in the community are hurt by a local resident accusing the assistant police chief of taking a bribe. Her comment drew loud applause from the audience.
Presha will be a city council candidate in 2021.
Meanwhile, she will not miss a city council meeting.
"If I'm not there in person, I will watch it on live-stream," she said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820