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Grovetown council doesn't replace resigned member

Posted: July 10, 2013 - 12:11am

Grovetown’s first effort to replace a councilman who resigned in April
faltered Monday from lack of support.

City Councilman Dennis Trudeau made a motion to appoint Lee Briggs to fill the remaining term of Sonny McDowell, who resigned in April after being convicted of federal bribery charges.

No one seconded the motion, so it failed.

Briggs is one of three people interested in completing McDowell’s term, which ends at the end of the year.

Councilman Dale Stoddard said he wanted to meet with the candidates before making a decision.

“That way we can speak to (that) person one on one,” Stoddard said. “I’ve not met anyone. We need to speak to each person and we have not done that.”

The candidates include Briggs, who is chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee, Dr. Deborah Fisher, a retired U.S. Army physician, and Sylvia Martin, a retired teacher and former Grovetown Museum Board member.

The council will meet with candidates on July 29 and expect to appoint a replacement at the Aug. 11 meeting.

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