Deke Copenhaver

Deke Copenhaver serves as mayor of Augusta.

First elected in a Dec. 6, 2005, runoff to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Bob Young, Mr. Copenhaver won election to a full term in November 2006 with 65 percent of the vote.

In his 2006 campaign, Mr. Copenhaver focused heavily on economic development and creating more cohesiveness among commissioners. He said at the time that his victory showed he had broad-based support, in both black and white precincts.

He won another full term in 2010.

Before his election, Mr. Copenhaver spent four years as director of the Central Savannah River Land Trust, which works to acquire and preserve stream buffers and undeveloped land threatened by urban growth.

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More forums planned for candidates

Augusta voters who don't know much about the candidates running for mayor have at least five more opportunities to see them in action prior to the May 20 election.
Monday, March 31, 2014

Mayor to speak at outsourcing conference

Mayor Deke Copenhaver has been invited to speak about the positive impact of an information technology outsourcing firm on Augusta's economy next week at a global outsourcing conference in Phoenix.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

Mayor bullish on Augusta

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said Augusta is becoming a hub for bringing jobs back to America from overseas and becoming an example for other metropolitan areas.
By Lisa Kaylor | Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Mayor thanks community at prayer breakfast

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said on Tuesday that the feel and spirit of a monthly prayer breakfast remains the same despite the name change.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

Ministry event honors 'action heroes'

On Monday, Action Ministries will hold its inaugural Action Dash, a 5K run/walk that benefits housing, educational and hunger programs for low-income and homeless people in Augusta. 
By Kelly Jasper | Friday, Aug 31, 2012

Gun group criticizes mayor

The nonprofit Georgia Gun Owners Inc. claims that 12 Georgia members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, including Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, have another purpose in mind.
By Kyle Martin | Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mayor speaks to ARC students

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver told 200 high schoolers at a presentation at Richmond Academy to follow passions in life and to stay focused on bettering their community.
By Tracey McManus | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

'Southern Living' recognizes Augusta mayor

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver was recognized Wednesday by Southern Living magazine with a "Hero of the New South" honorable mention for the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem redevelopment project.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

It could be worse: You could have wrecked on the railroad

No matter how bad your weekend has been, it can't compare with that of James Ryan Anderson, the man who drove his pickup onto the Sixth Street railroad bridge and jammed it into a trestle beam.
By Sylvia Cooper | Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

Mayor discusses plan for 'collaboration center'

Mayor Deke Copenhaver on Thursday touched on his plans for the $100,000 economic development line item he's been budgeted by the Augusta Commission.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Tale of one city provides drama

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. So what if that’s not an original beginning? It’s still a fair description of the latest goings on in Augusta.
By Sylvia Cooper | Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011

Augusta mayor derides 'Brokest City' list

Augusta's mayor didn't have time to comment on Augusta's No. 10 "brokest city" ranking by online news magazine The Daily Beast, he told a columnist in Columbus, Ga., which was No. 1 in the ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

Mayor to meet with delegation

As Augusta commissioners consider Mayor Deke Copenhaver’s call for a vote affirming his powers as chief executive, Copenhaver will visit with members of the Augusta legislative delegation in ...
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

Copenhaver again

After Mayor Deke Copenhaver made his victory speech Tuesday night, his supporters began to chant: "Deke for president! Deke for president!" Sounding a presidential note, the mayor said he'd wanted ...
By Sylvia Cooper | Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

Editorial: Keep Deke

We should be fortunate enough to have Mayor Copenhaver around another four years -- but in that time, we need to fix the systemic problems.
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Good Government panel high on incumbents

At least for now, there was no loser in the race for mayor as the votes were tallied for the Richmond County Committee for Good Government's endorsements at the Julian Smith barbecue pit.
By Sylvia Cooper | Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

Incumbents win endorsements

Mayor Deke Copenhaver received the Richmond County Committee for Good Government's endorsement with just four votes more than challenger Lori Davis.
By Sylvia Cooper | Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Augusta mayor ready for Ironman

When Mayor Deke Copenhaver congratulated the athletes in last year's ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta, his competitive side came out.
By Chris Gay | Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Letter: Mayor measures twice, cuts once

To borrow a saying from our Army's artillery, Mayor Copehaver has " lent dignity to what otherwise would have been a vulgar brawl!"
By Stephen B. McMillan | Thursday, March 4, 2010

Editorial: Sitting mayor needs to stand up

This is a widely popular mayor with no other significant flaws that we know of. But it's a significant flaw if one chronically retreats from controversy or seeks cover for unpopular decisions.
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

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Smith case referred to Attorney General's office

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