LAGRANGE, Ga. – The city of LaGrange is honoring their former city manager by dedicating a road to his memory. Tom Hall served as city manager for 22 years before his sudden passing in February. Hall’s guidance paved the way for LaGrange to grow.
LaGrange’s director of economic development Mike Criddle says Hall taught him how to work in local government. He knew Hall for 20 years, and he worked with him for ten years. Criddle says bringing the game-changing Great Wolf Lodge to LaGrange was in part due to Hall’s leadership.
As a tribute, the city is currently working on Tom Hall Parkway. The road will provide easy access for Great Wolf Lodge tourists, and it will connect Whitesville and Davis Roads. The road is scheduled to be completed in the next couple of months.
“The last day I saw him was actually the day he passed,” Criddle said. “He nudged me on the arm on the way out and said ‘bring it home.’ So I did.”
Criddle credits Hall as his professional inspiration. Beyond their work relationship, both Hall and Criddle’s families would spend time together throughout the year. Criddle says hall was never one to soak up attention. He adds that Hall would’ve disapproved of the road dedication. Nevertheless, Hall will continue to make a mark on the city of LaGrange, well after his passing.
“He’s sorely missed,” Criddle remarked. “He surely is.”