Georgia Trend Magazine named Mayor Jim Thornton on its 2022 Notable Georgians list, which recognizes leaders who have made a significant impact in their communities.
Thornton was chosen as one of 50 people on the magazine’s 2022 list of Notable Georgians. The list was published with Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Thornton was one of four mayors on both lists, but the only one of 50 notable Georgians.
“There are a lot of very notable and influential people on the list and I am honored to be included with them,” he said.
Thornton was informed of this honor late last year and identified his service as president of the Georgia Municipal Association, to which he was elected in August, as the service which has won favor with Georgia Trend.
“It’s a double thing,” Thornton said. “They are obviously looking to identify people who are making a difference in their local community, but also people who also play a role statewide.”
The leadership of the Georgia Municipal Association consists of a board of directors and several boards of directors made up of municipal officials in the 537 cities of the state. GMA is the main advocate for Georgian cities at state and federal levels and leads the discussion on state policies as they affect local communities.
His role within the organization has put LaGrange in the spotlight, noted Thornton, who he hopes will stay around for a long time.
“My focus has been and will continue to be on LaGrange, but through my role in GMA, I have met a lot of people and had a lot of opportunities to interact with other leaders across the state. . I think this has been beneficial for the city and helps to elevate the status of LaGrange.