Meet the Other Mayors: Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Riverdale

Meet the Other Mayors: Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Riverdale

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Evelyn Wynn-Dixon

Photograph by Susan H. Crutchfield

Evelyn Wynn-Dixon was once so destitute and depressed she toed up to a downtown bridge with every intention of jumping. Instead, the Peoplestown native eventually earned a doctorate in public health and had a fruitful career at Grady Memorial Hospital. The spirited 66-year-old grandmother of seven recently won her third term as mayor of the Clayton County city of 16,500. The position pays $810 a month after taxes.

The bachelorette Baby, I’ve been single for 20 years. I’m like, “Lord, let my boy come out of them woods now!”

Achievements in office We’ve got a new city hall, multicultural center, water park, amphitheater, park. We’ve got five businesses moving in.

On upholding promises When I got off welfare and got my doctorate, I made a vow to God that I’ll make my life a magnificent obsession in helping others.

Choosing life All my grandchildren tell me, “Nana, you are our inspiration.” I look around and, dear God, what all I would have missed.

This article originally appeared in our February 2016 issue.

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One thought on “Meet the Other Mayors: Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Riverdale

  1. I was on vacation from last Thu1day until this morning so I&1quo;m coming to this post and subsequent comments late. I can’t let pass, though, the i1inuatio1 mentioned above by “some i1ide Atlanta’s dining industry” that John Kessler is unfit to address issues of online PR misconduct because he’s recognized as a critic. Fi1t, I genuinely don’t even see the logical connection: These are two wholly different issues of anonymity. The subject at hand is whether a PR pe1on should leave comments on social media praising a restaurant they represent without identifying themselves. As to Kessler being identified as a critic in restaurants he’s reviewing, it in no way compromises his ethical approach to the job, for all the reaso1 he mentio1 above. In the ten yea1 I’ve known Kessler professionally he’s been nothing but an example for journalistic ethics, and his integrity is perhaps even more on display to restaurants these days if he’s recognized and pays for his own meals, and doesn’t accept free dishes, etc. So I trust he will keep on policing. We need these types of discussio1 on tra1parency more than ever, and he’s an ideal journalist to lead them.

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