Sunday October 4th, 2015 3:34AM

Gainesville mayor, city council swearing-in planned Dec. 27

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville's newly elected Mayor will be sworn in Friday, Dec. 27.

City spokeswoman Catiel Felts says the newly elected or re-elected members of the City Council will be sworn in at the same time.

"According to the new (city) Charter, the Mayor has to be sworn in prior to January 1," Felts explained. "The swearing-in usually occurs at the first Council Meeting of the year which would have been January 7."

Felts also said the mayor pro tem will still be elected by the Council but "will now serve two years." Currently, the term of that office is one year and has also been rotated among council members. The mayor's term under the new system is four years.

Felts also explained that with the "elected" Mayor, the mayor and six council members will now be referred to as "The Governing Body" or "the Mayor and Council." Right now, the group is simply referred to as the City Council.

This was the first year that the Mayor has been elected by popular vote. Previously, the post has rotated among city council members every two years.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes - on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills - a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
1:38PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
11:06AM ( 1 year ago )
More heavy rain and flooding forecast along parts off waterlogged East Coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — While spared the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin, parts of the East Coast saw record-setting rain Saturday that shut down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of lett...
12:02AM ( 3 hours ago )
Tide rolls over Dogs in a rout
Jake Coker ran the offense to perfection, the defense turned in a dominating performance, and No. 13 Alabama even got a touchdown from its special teams Saturday in a 38-10 rout of No. 8 Georgia that re-established the Crimson Tide as a force in the national race.
By The Associated Press
11:59PM ( 3 hours ago )
Two injured in head on collision Saturday
A two car accident snarled traffic on Dawsonville Highway Saturday afternoon.
10:26PM ( 5 hours ago )
Flood Warnings issued in North Georgia
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in the north Georgia area.
10:02PM ( 5 hours ago )
6 US airmen who died in Afghanistan plane crash identified; Georgian among them
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AP) — The Department of Defense has identified the six American airmen killed when a U.S. Air Force military transport plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan.
6:04PM ( 9 hours ago )