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Clarence Jack "C. Jack" Ellis, is the former mayor of Macon, Georgia.

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Background

Prior to taking office, Ellis served 20 years in the United States Army as a paratrooper, then served 2 years in Vietnam as a combat soldier. Upon retirement from the US Army, Ellis managed a used car lot, served as an executive for the United States Census Bureau, and hosted a public access television show focusing on public and political affairs in the black community. He attended Macon public schools and has a Bachelors of Arts degree from St. Leo College. He is the father of five children.

Mayor of Macon

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1999 and 2003 campaigns

He ran for mayor in 1999, and was elected as the first African-American to hold the position. After a successful first term, he was re-elected in 2003 after defeating several challengers in the Democratic primary and write-in opposition in the general election.

Accomplishments while in office

Ellis's administration was also responsible for approximately $1 million in loans to disadvantaged businesses.

Under Ellis's leadership, the city successfully won a federal Hope VI grant to improve public housing, in addition to other grants and federal aid. His administration constructed over 200 new affordable housing units and eliminated over 2000 sub-standard houses and collaborated with other organizations to build over 100 new lofts in downtown Macon. Also during Ellis's administration, the city of Macon was designated as a city of excellence by the Georgia Municipal Association and awarded the City Livability Award by the US Conference of Mayors. First Lady Laura Bush designated Macon as a "Preserve American Community."

Ellis established relationships with several international cities in Russia, Africa, and Korea, which led to "sister-city" designations with Macon. On behalf of the US Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of Black Mayors, and the World Conference of Mayors, Ellis led several delegations on goodwill and fact-finding missions to many African countries, including Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, and Cameroon.

In April 2007, Ellis announced that he had been appointed honorary consul for the African nation of Uganda, a posting that will begin after his term as mayor ends (per State Department regulations). Ellis expects to use the honorary position to promote Uganda in his territory of the southeastern United States. Honorary consuls typically also help nationals of the country they represent with any problems they have in the country in which they live.

While mayor of Macon, Ellis reached out with a letter of solidarity to Hugo Chavez. (See link below)

Also while mayor, he converted to Islam and sponsored a Ramadan observance at City Hall. (See link below)

After leaving office, a US attorney accused his administration of misusing federal funds and making false statements to government officials. (See link below)

References

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293197,00.html

http://www.gainformer.com/Files/Macon%20Mayor%20Ellis%20Sponsors%20Ramadan%20Observance.htm

http://www.macon.com/372/story/342243.html

See also

Preceded by
Jim Marshall
Mayor of Macon
1999-2007
Succeeded by
Robert Reichert

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