Join the Jacksonville Historical Society for our June program, June 22nd, for “An Evening with Mayor Jake” with former Mayor, Jake Godbold, at 630pm.
Jake Godbold’s presence on the city’s political scene has spanned decades. He served as Jacksonville’s Mayor from January 1, 1979 through June 30, 1987.
Godbold was also part of the City Commission and on the first City Council after the 1968 Consolidation of county and city governments.
As Mayor, he led and showcased the city’s enthusiasm for professional football ––who could forget NFL owner Robert Irsay’s arrival and public reception at the
stadium? Godbold also reached out to build enthusiasm for downtown development and supported the city’s arts scene; Metropolitan Park, the Jacksonville Landing and the Prime Osborn Convention Center were among some his administration’s projects.
Outspoken and engaging, the former Mayor will talk about his 81/2 years as Mayor and, perhaps, reflect on the political scene since that time.