Three re-elected council members and one new councilman were sworn in Thursday during the Douglasville City Council's first meeting of 2018.
Returning council members LaShun Burr Danley, Sam Davis, and Mike Miller were all sworn in for new four-year terms on the council. Terry Miller was also sworn in for what is his second stint as a council member; Miller replaces former Mayor Pro Tem Larry Yockey, who retired at the end of 2017.
“It’s an honor to be back and serve the city of Douglasville again,” Terry Miller said. “I’m especially excited to work with this fantastic group of people who work with the city.”
Terry Miller was sworn in by his wife, Denise Overfield.
After the swearing-ins were completed the council took nominations for mayor pro tem. Terry Miller, Richard Segal, and Mike Miller were nominated by fellow councilmembers. Mike Miller got one vote from Councilman Mark Adams, while Segal and Terry Miller received three votes each. All nominees voted for themselves, except Mike Miller.
There was then a runoff between Segal and Terry Miller. Terry Miller received three votes —getting votes from Danley, Mike Miller and himself. Segal received four votes — getting votes from Davis, Adams, Chris Watts and himself.
Terry Miller was the first council member to give Segal a standing ovation when announced as the new Mayor Pro Tem.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to serve as mayor pro tem for 2018, and I hope I do a good job at it," Segal said. "Let me know if I can do anything. I’m open to constructive criticism."
After approximately two minutes of Mayor Rochelle Robinson assigning committee chairs for the year, the fire alarm in the Douglasville Conference Center went off. Every attendee exited the building and waited in the frigid evening temperatures outside until the building was safe to enter again approximately 14 minutes later. The emergency evacuation was a new experience for city officials who have worked in Douglasville for over a decade.
“That was a very strange occurrence, we’ve never had that happen before,” Robinson said. “I understand that it was the elevator in the parking deck that triggered the fire alarm. It’s better to be safe though.”
The rest of the committee chairs were assigned once everyone returned inside the Conference Center Auditorium.
Davis was named the Public Safety, Education & Training, and the new committee of Communications chair. Segal was named the Community & Economic Development and Personnel & Organization chair. Adams was named the Planning & Development and Finance chair. Watts was named the Parks & Recreation chair. Terry Miller was named the Information Technology chair. Mike Miller was named the Maintenance & Sanitation and Ordinance & Intergovernmental chair.
Since there was no work session on Thursday, the city council plans to make up that meeting by starting at 4 p.m. instead of the usual 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, City Manager Marcia Hampton said.