The Clayton County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday to former Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton (third from left), in honor of her 17 years of leadership in the city. In the declaration, the commission proclaimed Tuesday to be "Corine Deyton Day" in the county.
JONESBORO Corine Deyton’s last day as Forest Park’s mayor was Monday, but she had one last ceremonial, and personal task to fulfill on Tuesday.
Deyton, who stepped down this week, received a proclamation from the Clayton County Board of Commissioners in recognition of her 17 years of leadership in the city as a councilwoman and as mayor. She is leaving office mid-term to enter retirement because of health concerns.
“I have known Mayor Deyton for a long time and she has always — in a selfless manner — been concerned about the people of Forest Park,” said commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, who issued the proclamation. “It is my pleasure and honor to represent the board in issuing this proclamation to her.”
Deyton’s retirement brings an end to an era in Forest Park, which is doubling in size with the annexation of much of the old Fort Gillem property just as the mayor is stepping aside.
She said she felt honored to close her political career with a proclamation from the county commission. The declaration proclaimed Tuesday to be “Corine Deyton Day” in the county.
“It’s an honor and I really appreciate them doing this for me,” said Deyton. “I’ve lived there for 51 years of my life. It’s a place I love and I don’t plan on leaving.”
The 75-year old was elected in 2006 as Forest Park’s first female mayor, according to the proclamation. She was re-elected in 2010. She served on the Forest Park City Council for 12 years before moving into the mayor’s office.
“Mayor Deyton has been an instrumental component in the planning and development of the Main Street Corridor [in Forest Park], and a guiding force in the planning for the redevelopment of Fort Gillem,” the proclamation states.
Several Forest Park officials, including Mayor Pro-Tem Sparkle Adams — who is now the acting mayor — City Manager John Parker and Council members Linda Lord and Maudie McCord attended the commission meeting to see Deyton receive the proclamation.
Parker said it was a well-deserved honor for a woman who has left the city on solid footing.
“She’s left us in excellent shape,” he said. “The city is financially sound. It has an excellent income base and it’s got all of the elements of key growth that a city could possibly have."