SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - With 2015 wrapping up, so is the term for Mayor Edna Jackson and several council members.
Tuesday, they held their final meeting before a new mayor and council are sworn in January 5th. The meeting started with a standing ovation for Mayor Jackson and the outgoing council members.
Mayor Jackson lost the re-election in a runoff to Eddie DeLoach. She was the 65th Mayor of Savannah and the first African-American woman to hold the position in Savannah.
Before the 2011 election, she was a part of council, serving as Alderman At-Large and Mayor Pro Tem.
She addressed the council after the meeting, saying her time on council has been a wonderful journey. She also addressed the incoming mayor, Eddie DeLoach.
"If I can help you in any way be a successful Mayor of Savannah, just give me a call. If you want to ask me anything, I will give you, I will be honest with you. I may not agree but I will be honest with you. Because no matter who is in the seat, if you don't have people working with you for the good of this community, not just the elected officials but all of Savannah - success will not be there," said Mayor Jackson.
Alderman Tony Thomas and friends also entered a resolution about the Mayor. Former Mayor Otis Johnson and Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson also said a few words about the mayor.
Eddie DeLoach and the other new council members will all be sworn in on January 5.