MACON, Ga. — One of Bibb County's political pioneers will leave office next year after a quarter century.

Bert Bivins says he won't seek re-election to the Bibb County commission next year.

He's been on the commission since 1995 and currently represents District 5. He has a degree in education from Fort Valley State University. 

Bivins also worked for 30 years at Robins Air Force Base and taught for 10 years. A half century ago, he and his sister Thelma Dillard were the first African-American students to integrate the county's schools.

He's also served on the Macon Water Authority, Land Bank Authority, Health Department, and Economic Opportunity Council.

In December 2018, a new fire station off Napier Avenue was named after him.

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Recently in June, Bivins, along with commissioners Larry Schlesinger and Virgil Watkins, hosted a town hall at Razorline Barbershop to talk about issues like violence and blight in the community.

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