Mayor speaks at ceremony honoring World War I soldiers

Jefferson Mayor, Steve Quinn, spoke at the memorial ceremony where several World War I soldier’s names were added to the Monument at the Historic Jackson County Courthouse.

Jefferson Mayor Steve Quinn is resigning his position effective Aug. 14.

In a July 29 letter to the city council, Quinn said a change in his job and the impending sale of his home in Jefferson led to the decision.

Quinn said that for the time being, he and his wife plan to move to property they own in Rabun County.

Quinn, an independent IT contractor, said that his contract with his current partner wasn't renewed due to the COVID crisis, leaving him effectively unemployed.

He was elected to the mayor's seat in 2017 after he ousted then-incumbent Mayor Roy Plott. He took office in January 2018. 

As mayor, and as a member of the city council before that, Quinn has called for a more active city government, sometimes butting heads with some fellow council members who embrace a more status quo approach.

One of his signature plans, to do a feasibility study for an aquatics center in Jefferson, did get council approval. 

Early in the COVID crisis in March, Quinn and the council took an active approach and issued a ban on dine-in at local restaurants and other measures in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. 

Following the death of George Floyd and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests in June, Quinn and city councilman Mark Mobley both joined a peaceful march through Jefferson.

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