100 Days of Deke

By: Jonathan Martin
By: Jonathan Martin

It's been an eventful 100 days in office for Augusta's new mayor...complete with a trip to court to have his powers re-defined.

News 12's Jonathan Martin sat down with Mayor Deke Copenhaver to find out what he's accomplished and what he plans to do next.

Months ago, most people probably had never even heard of Deke Copenhaver...and while now he's likely a local household name, do you know what he's done since he's been in office?

Boy, time sure does fly.

"I did not realize that today was my 100th day," Deke told News 12.

Yep, it's been 100 days since he took the oath of office.

"I've gotten a lot accomplished in 100 days, but I continue to work as hard every single day," Copenhaver says.

Copenhaver is a relative political rookie, who ran on a campaign promising a refreshing change. But has he delivered?

"I think he's got the city's best interest at heart, and he's doing the best he can with the situation he's got," says Augusta resident Charles Black.

"I don't really see where he's done a whole lot," says another Augusta man.

"We've really done some innovative things since I've come in, the bus tours for the commission, we've got diversity training of the commission scheduled for next week," says Copenhaver. "I'm just trying to reach out the community and be accessible. I think those things are things people haven't seen in a while."

These first 100 days have come with some chaos in the chamber.

His term began by presiding over several heated commission meetings, including one where a vote for mayor pro tem later landed him and the commission in court.

"I just really get tired of the arguing, the fussing and fighting, because that really hurts everybody," says Copenhaver.

Copenhaver says his primary focus is still on bringing jobs to Augusta.

But on the minds of many others is his controversial new power and whether he'll use it.

We asked the mayor, "You've made it pretty clear that you're running for mayor in November. A lot of people think you may be holding back in making any controversial decision so you could get re-elected."

"No, I'm not holding back in the least, I've clearly shown myself willing to make a decision when the time comes. I've been able to vote two times to break ties, and it did not take me long to decide how to vote," Copenhaver responded.

Copenhaver says so far in his term, he has been most pleased with two of his initiatives...including the passing of a code of conduct for the commission and the monthly Mayor's Forum.


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