Ox­ford City Coun­cil to vote on ap­pointee

Nov. 12 se­cret bal­lot vote thrown out

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

The Ox­ford City Coun­cil will pub­licly vote on an ap­pointee to take Mayor Elect Jerry Rose­berry’s place on the coun­cil at their next meet­ing on Dec. 3.

While a se­cret bal­lot vote at their last coun­cil meet­ing on Nov. 12 re­sulted in the an­nounce­ment of for­mer coun­cil­man Vir­gil Eady’s ap­point­ment to the city coun­cil, af­ter a reread­ing of Ge­or­gia Open Records Law, the coun­cil re­al­ized that they­would have to vote again, this time in pub­lic.

“We were a lit­tle pre-ma­ture,” said Ox­ford Mayor Bill Murdy. “So we just have to back up and do it again.”

Murdy said the city coun­cil was in­formed by the City At­tor­ney David Strick­land that they would have to vote again through a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ pub­lic vot­ing mea­sure.

At­theNov. 12 meet­ing four can­di­dates were nom­i­nated to take Rose­berry’s place on the coun­cil and serve the re­main­ing two years of his coun­cil term. They were Bill Shapiro, Vir­gil Eady, Em­maLou Pat­ter­son and Nor­bert Thompson.

Murdy said the coun­cil will vote on those four nom­i­nees again at the Dec. 3 meet­ing. While Murdy said Eady stands a good chance of win­ning the nom­i­na­tion again, he added there is no guar­an­tee that coun­cil mem­bers will vote the same way they did on Nov. 12.

“ He stands a good chance,” Murdy said. “ It may come out ex­actly the way we did ( the first time.) Ev­ery­one on the coun­cil will vote but it will be open.”

In other Ox­ford elec­tion news:

There will be a can­di­date fo­rum be­tween Ox­ford Coun­cil Post 1 can­di­dates Frank Davis and Amma Gaither this Tues­day at 7: 30 p. m. at the Ox­ford Com­mu­nity Room.

Davis and Gaither, the in­cum­bent, came in first and sec­ond place re­spec­tively in a three can­di­date race on Nov. 7. How­ever nei­ther can­di­date cap­tured 51 per­cent of the vote so a runoff race must be held.

The can­di­date fo­rum is spon­sored by the New­ton County NAACP and will be mod­er­ated by Ox­ford res­i­dent Claude Sit­ton. Each can­di­date will be given five min­utes for an open­ing state­ment and two min­utes for con­clud­ing re­marks at the end.

The date of the runoff elec­tion is Dec. 4. Vot­ing will take place from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m. in the Com­mu­nity Room, ad­ja­cent to the Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment on Emory Street.


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