Don Greathouse was formally sworn into office as the District 1 Councilman on the Thomaston City County Tuesday night prior to the council meeting. City Attorney Joel Bentley administered the oath of office. Greathouse won a special election in September to fill the remaining three months of the term of the late Wallace Rhodes.
Following the swearing in, Greathouse was welcomed to the council by the other members.
“We’re happy to have you with us to join this team,” Mayor Hays Arnold said. “I think you’ll find that has been done in the past, you have a group of people here who are extremely interested in the benefit and the good of the City of Thomaston and the citizens thereof. We are very confident that you, also, will be a participant in doing those things that need to be done to make this a stronger and better community.”
Mayor Arnold also noted the passing of District 3 Council member Dr. Jim Richards two weeks ago and the need for another special election.
“Of course, we had the sadness that was involved, also,” the mayor said. “You are filling a position of an individual who passed away, and then we’ve had our second passing in the last two weeks. We are all saddened about that and want to pass that sadness onto the family there and, of course, there will be another election that is upcoming. That election will be based on state law, and state law prescribes that that will be in March 2014. We will be looking for another election at that time. Until then, it up to us to get the job done.”
Following welcome comments from other members of the council, Greathouse thanked them all for their kind words.
“This is Coach Rhodes’ seat,” Greathouse said, referring to Wallace Rhodes as many people who were taught and coached by Rhodes do. “We have known Coach Rhodes for many years. We’ve admired, respected, and feared Coach Rhodes when we were in high school. Coach Rhodes kept this community together during troubled times and I hope I can do a job that will make Coach Rhodes proud.
“Some of us had Dr. Jim Richards at Gordon College,” Greathouse continued. “Dr. Richards was a kind man, he was a good man, he was a very talented man, and our community is at loss because we have lost two such great individuals, and two people that will be very tough to replace. I’m not trying to replace anyone. I just want to be here and help carry on and help us move ahead, and help this city council move us into the 21st century and take us where we need to go. There are many good things that we can do and we just need to do the job that is ahead of us.”