Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green Cove Gets a New Mayor Council Selects Hall for Post

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green Cove Gets a New Mayor Council Selects Hall for Post

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer

Virginia Hall, a City Council member who runs a prominent Clay County charity founded by her late father, has been named Green Cove Springs' next mayor.

The five council members picked Hall, who served as vice mayor for the past year, to succeed Councilman Matthew Tinney Jr. in the leadership position.

At Tuesday's council meeting, they also selected Councilman Richard Hobbs as second in command. Hall and Hobbs will serve one-year terms.

"Thank you for your confidence," Hall said to her fellow council members, four of whom have been mayor. "I've got a very distinguished group to follow."

Hall said, laughing, that she did not expect to "do that great."

"I'm sure y'all will tell me when I mess up. I know the hard work it takes," she said. "My only regret is that my dad is not here to see this."

Her father was J.P. Hall Jr., a prominent businessman and philanthropist who died in 2000. He founded John P. Hall Sr. Children's Charities in honor of his father, a longtime Clay County sheriff. The charity sponsors an annual Christmas toy giveaway for underprivileged children and awards scholarships and community service grants, among other things.

As the council meeting, Hall was accompanied by her children, Matthew, 9, and John Preston, 8, and carried in her hand a handkerchief of her father's.

"He would have been so thrilled for me," she said.

As mayor, Hall will run council meetings, act as spokeswoman for the council and represent the city at business and governmental functions. The vice mayor steps in when the mayor is unavailable.

She and Hobbs took their new titles minutes after being sworn in for their second three-year terms. Both were first elected in 1999, and they were automatically returned to office this year when they were the only two candidates to qualify for their at-large council seats,

The other three council seats, held by Tinney, Jim Loner and Jerry Williams, are up in 2004.

Hall said she already had an agenda to work on during her term as mayor. She plans to start with the city's electric rates, the highest in Northeast Florida, topping $100 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours for residential customers. …

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