The essentials of small-town life are its people. That is the treasure. The sense of community, that personal interaction is the recipe for the bedrock of what our nation is all about. Local government that embraces and encourages that sense of unity and dedication and progress is what we strive for here in Swainsboro. We discover and create and dream every day about what we can do to make Swainsboro a more natural place for this type of expression and growth to occur.
Mayor Schwabe is a lifelong resident of Swainsboro. He attended public schools here and graduated from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. Throughout his professional career, he has maintained an interest in the vitality of the community and has served in various capacities on the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Joint Development Authority, the Swainsboro Zoning and Planning Commission, the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeast Georgia Jaycee Fair Board. He is also a member of various other boards including Access Emanuel, the East Georgia College Foundation, and the Heart of Georgia RDC.
Mayor Schwabe was elected in 2005 and has worked through the Joint Development Authorities to place increased emphasis on job creation and quality of life issues. Downtown revitalization has also been an area of special focus under the Mayor’s leadership. A Rotarian and recipient of the Paul Harris Award, Schwabe was selected as “Person of the Year” by the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce in 2007. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Administrative Board. He and his wife Jean have two sons.