On Saturday April 1, 2017, I posted a message on Facebook that was a result of extreme frustration and concern surrounding a series of events that negatively impacted me, as well as my family. Although I am a public figure and expect to face criticism, I am first a father, husband, and son. After more than a year of service I experienced trials I’d only been warned of; that time where the price of service hurts those we love the most and causes you to reevaluate whether continuing to serve is worth the sacrifice.
I was reminded by fellow officials that public service is sometimes a thankless job we endure as an investment for future generations. My commitment to serving this community has never wavered. We are proud of the work we have been able to achieve thus far, and I am aware no one can please all of the people all of the time and that no lone elected official can address all of the community’s concerns.
I want to publicly apologize for airing my frustration in a manner not becoming of a statesman. Further, I want to express my heartfelt regret to those who were offended by some of the verbiage my post contained. Additionally, I welcome constructive criticism as it is an essential element of professional growth.
Therefore, after much prayer, counsel, and consultation with family, friends, and supporters, I am renewing my pledge to serve the citizens of District 9 with unyielding commitment.
I want to thank everyone who reached out to me during this difficult time to offer encouragement, support, and advice. I ask for your continued prayers and support as I learn and grow from this experience.
Commissioner Al Tillman
Macon-Bibb Commission District 9