David Hannah Becomes First Black Mayor of Wrens, Georgia

On Tuesday, Wrens, Georgia made history when David Hannah, the city’s first African-American mayor, was sworn into office. Wrens is in Jefferson County and has a population of about 2,200 people.

Hannah has a history of public service and of achieving ‘firsts.’ As reported, Hannah was a member of the Wrens City Council for four years. He previously worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and achieved the stature of “becoming Wrens’ first Black police chief.”

Hannah shared some of his history in law enforcement and public service. “I left Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and became the city investigator here in Wrens and after I served there in Wrens for a period of two to three years, I became the first black police chief.”

Hannah spoke affirmatively about his years of service He described his performance as “being a leader” and that his “time has always been positive. I hadn’t had anything in my career that would hinder me from doing what I need to do.”

References to his management of the police department and financial issues and statements about police department procedures have incurred some criticism. Hannah replied brusquely to that criticism by stating: “Check with the people. Let the people decide. The people decided when they elected me.”

D & B Staff

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