After eight years in the role, Forsyth County District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos attended his last meeting as an elected official on Thursday.
Amos was first elected to the board in 2010 and served as commission chairman from 2013-16. Earlier this year, Amos announced he would not seek re-election for a third term on the board, and District 1 Commissioner-elect Molly Cooper will take over in January.
During his final meeting, Amos thanked friends, family, county staff and employees, his appointees to various county boards and former commissioners who served alongside him.
“I would like to thank the citizens of Forsyth County, especially the citizens of District 1, to allow me to serve eight years on the board of commissioners,” Amos said. “I grew up in this area, and it has been very rewarding to help the people that I’ve helped in this county, and it’s been very fulfilling.”
Amos was a former member of the county’s planning commission from July 2000 until December 2006 and served as that board’s chairman for six years. He was re-elected as county commissioner in 2014 without facing a challenger.
He said at the meeting some of his most proud accomplishments as a commissioner were the passing of the 1-cent sales tax SPLOST VII, the construction of the new Forsyth County Courthouse and Forsyth County jail and a $200 million transportation bond approved by voters in 2014.
“With doing this bond and partnering with the Georgia [Department of Transportation], we have turned that $200 million bond into almost $400 million,” Amos said. “We became the shining example of everyone in the state of Georgia. Everywhere we went, Forsyth County was mentioned by every transportation committee.”
Amos is a graduate of the then-Forsyth County High School and the University of Georgia. He is a state licensed master plumber, building contractor and class IV water operator.
At the meeting, Chairman Todd Levent read a resolution celebrating Amos’ time on the board, but before that shared his thoughts on his longtime fellow board member.
“Pete and I ran for office at the same time side-by-side and were elected at the same time,” Levent said. “We’ve been at this for eight years. A lot of things we agree on, and sometimes we don’t, but as gentlemen, we always got along the best we could and I have the utmost respect for Mr. Amos, the fact that he served eight years in this county not only as commissioner but as a planning commissioner as well.”
District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, who has served with Amos since she was elected in 2012, said Amos was unlike most people she interacts within politics.
“I’m going to miss Pete so bad,” Mills said. “In this world of politics, it is so hard to find somebody that you can count on, that you can say, ‘They never lied to me.’ Pete is solid as a rock.”
In an interview following the meeting, Amos said he has received comments from the community praising his time on the board and said he has “different feelings” about leaving.
“I was ready to go. Eight years is enough; time for some new blood, but I appreciate the commissioners [and] what they said,” Amos said. “It was a good night overall. I felt good at my last meeting. I love this county, and we have done a lot of good things for this county.”
He said he felt he and his counterparts on the board “got a lot done.”
“I’m proud of some the developments we got to come to our county, the roads we’ve built, the roads we’ve started,” he said. “In eight years, I think we have been a real progressive board. We’ve done a lot of things in this county.”
Amos said he believes the county also has gotten a handle on what many have labeled “out of control growth” and said most developments average 1.5 units per acre in density.
Though he said he has no special plans now that he’s off the board, he said he will likely get more involved with his family business.
“I’m probably going to get back into helping my son more,” Amos said. “For the last 14-and-a-half years, I’ve kind of shuffled my work back between doing the county stuff and helping him. So, it’s time to get back and help him and get the business growing again, and just get on with life, maybe go fishing every once in a while.”
While he won’t be an elected official, Amos said he has no plans to leave the county.
“I grew up in this county. I love this county. I’m going to stay here for the rest of my life,” he said. “It’s a great county as everybody knows. People that move here love it. They hate to share it with anybody, but we’ve got to learn how to share.”