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City council appoints new mayor

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City Attorney Dana Miles swears in Michael Eason as mayor of Dawsonville at the Dec. 4.

By Denise Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The city of Dawsonville has a new mayor as of Dec. 4.

With unanimous vote, the Dawsonville City Council appointed Michael Eason as the interim mayor of Dawsonville. Eason was sworn in by City Attorney Dana Miles immediately after the vote and presided over the remainder of the meeting.

“I want to take a second to thank the members of the council for selecting me as interim mayor,” Eason said. “I hope that I can serve the citizens of Dawsonville, members of the council, the staff and citizens of the city for the next few months in a positive way and make a positive impact.”

According to the resume submitted to City Manager Bob Bolz, Eason has over forty years of experience in law enforcement, criminal investigation, budget management and planning. He is the former Cumming, Georgia Chief of Police and served with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for over thirty years.

Eason replaces Mayor Pro-Tem Jason Power who replaced James Grogan until a mayor could be appointed as stipulated in the city charter. He will continue to serve until the special election for the office of mayor which is slated for Mar. 20, 2018. The newly elected mayor will serve the unexpired term of James Grogan who was removed from office earlier this year.

Qualification for the mayoral post will be set for Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and carries a $720 fee.

The individual who is elected on Mar. 20 would be sworn in office on Apr. 9, 2018, the first regular city council meeting following the election, according to City Attorney Dana Miles. Their term would end Dec. 31, 2019.

Anyone wanting to vote in the election must be registered to vote by Feb. 20. Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance Voting hours will also be available.

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