The Thomaston City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for a special election to be held March 18, 2014 to fill the remaining term of the late Dr. James O. Richards, the District 3 Council member. Dr. Richards passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2013.
At their meeting on January 7, City Attorney Joel Bentley reminded the council that Dr. Richards was finishing up his first term in office. Richards won the District 3 post two years ago in a special election to fill the remaining term of the late Ed Bell.
“As you will recall, when Council member Richards passed on September 20, 2013, there was not sufficient time to have an election to fill the remainder of his term,” Bentley said. “He had qualified for a new term, unopposed, but had not actually been elected. So the election we are having is not necessarily to fill Mr. Richards’ seat; it is, however, to fill his shoes. What I mean by that is, this will be a full, four-year term after the holding of an election. But it is technically filling an empty seat, which is District 3 City Council seat of Thomaston. We’ve met with everyone and we’re going to call this election to be held on March 18, 2014.”
Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head made a motion to approve the resolution calling for the special election. Council member Patsy Perdue seconded the motion and it was approved by a 4-0 vote.
Also at the meeting Monday night, the council approved appointments to several city positions, as well as appointments to city committees and boards.
Dennis Truitt was reappointed as City Clerk and Treasurer, David Fowler was reappointed as Municipal Court Judge, Joel Bentley was reappointed as City Attorney, and Mark Irvin was reappointed as City Prosecutor. Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head made a motion to approve the appointments. The motion was seconded by Council member Gary Atwater and approved by a 4-0 vote.
For the Thomaston-Upson Office Building Authority, Frank Barnes and Council member Patsy Perdue were reappointed. For the Industrial Development Authority, Scott Blackston was reappointed. For the Airport Authority, Fred Daniel was reappointed. Kyle Fletcher was reappointed to the Downtown Development Authority, and Jody Nelson was reappointed to the Tree Board. Council member Gary Atwater made a motion to approve the appointments. The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head and all of the reappointments were approved by a 4-0 vote, with the exception of the Office Building Authority. Perdue abstained, so the vote was 3-0-1.