Ward 4 Councilman Resigns for Family Reason; Council eyeing November election to replace Mayor, Councilman

Villa Rica City Councilman Mike Williamson, who was sworn into office Jan. 8, 2014, has resigned from the council effective midnight June 30th citing his mother-in-law's health.
"This is a very sad day for me, but you will see that it is a  hard decision that I had to make," Mayor Pro Tem Williamson said during Thursday night's public meeting, explaining that his wife's mother, who lives in Florida, was diagnosed with lung cancer this past year. "My wife has been driving back and forth from Villa Rica to Florida to be there for each of her radiation treatments as well as her chemo treatments. She has also attended each of her mother's doctor appointments. Family ought to always come first and we both understand life is short and not to take it for granted. We made the difficult decision and have hastened our plans for a move to Florida, and that is what we are doing."
The City Council at Thursday night's meeting indicated its plan to issue a call for a special election to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor and a vacancy on the City Council (Ward 4) due to the resignations of Jay Collins and Mike Williamson. That call is expected to occur at next Tuesday's monthly meeting at 6:00 pm in the Holt-Bishop Justice Center, Municipal Courtroom, 101 Main Street. The Special Election will be held on November 8, 2016 in conjunction with the Georgia General Election. More information is posted on the city's website at villarica.org.
Longtime Mayor Jay Collins resigned last month to run for the seat of District 68 State Representative Dusty Hightower who withdrew his run for the May 24 primary. Rep. Hightower of Carrollton was recently chosen by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as superior court judge in the Coweta Judicial Circuit Court. As a result, the Republican Party reopened qualifying for the Republican Primary. Collins and two other candidates vied for the position and emerged the victor, having garnered 53 percent of votes cast in the primary election.
The Council indicated at Thursday's meeting its intent to have Williamson serve as interim Mayor through the end of June but that it would elect a new Mayor Pro Tem at its next meeting who would assume the role of interim Mayor until a new Mayor is elected in November. The Council also plans to consider a proposed Home Rule change to its City Charter so as to resolve some ambiguity in the powers of the Mayor Pro Tem that are otherwise not clearly defined in the document. A copy of the proposed changes are posted at villarica.org.
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