Fellow Council Member David Hammond nominated him and suggested the board use the change in leadership as “a training opportunity for the rest of the council,” adding that any change in structure is an opportunity for the council members to learn.
Edwards takes over from Council Member George Crowley.
The council spent time concluding miscellaneous items of business, including recognition of department heads for 2011. They are as follows:
Other appointments for 2011:
Also during the meeting, Mayor Jimmy Palmer commended city crews for their prompt response in addressing conditions brought on by the Jan. 10 snowfall.
“I can’t tell you how many citizens have stopped me (and said) how much ahead of the game (we were)” in contrast to other Georgia cities affected by the snow, Council Member David Hammond said during the council’s noon work session that day. “You could just see the spirit of teamwork (in city crews). This is our community and why would you not?”
Utilities General Manager Kelly Cornwell pointed out that employees associated with sewer services helped out in dealing with snow problems because their department did not experience any sewer-specific issues during the storm.