Mayor Kelly Girtz

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins Chris Shupe to talk about the police response to protests in Athens, and his decsision to take down a controversial Confederate monument in the heart of downtown Athens. 

Mayor Kelly Girtz will be hosting the first of two Community Conversations Thursday afternoon at 4 pm. He added the meeting in the wake of Sunday’s protest and ahead of the upcoming march this Saturday.

He will be joined by Police Chief Cleveland Spruill, Manager Blaine Williams and Assistant Manager Deborah London. They will answer questions submitted at You can also email Mayor Gritz at

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Hundreds of Athens residents and others took to the streets downtown Sunday to join in nationwide protests regarding the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz was among those showing support at that gathering.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to give an update on the local pandemic response and a preview of next year’s budget.