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Rome commissioners scheduled to elect a mayor, 3 to take oaths tonight

January 8, 2018 GMT

Three Rome city commissioners will be sworn into office for four-year terms tonight, during the board’s first meeting of the year.

Voters returned Jamie Doss and Wendy Davis to the board in the November election, along with newcomer Randy Davis. City Clerk Joe Smith said Superior Court Chief Judge Tammi Colston is scheduled to administer the oaths.

“Then the city attorney will hold the gavel for the election of the mayor,” Smith added.

Rome’s charter calls for the nine sitting commissioners to elect a mayor each year to preside over the board. Doss has been the choice each year since 2014.

Commissioners are slated to hold their caucus at 5 p.m. and start their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 601 Broad St. Both sessions are public.

The agenda is light and several officials have said they want to be home before 8 p.m. to see the Georgia Bulldogs face Alabama’s Crimson Tide for the College Football National Championship.

A first reading is scheduled for a proposed amendment to the city’s alcohol ordinance, with a public hearing and vote slated for the board’s Jan. 22 session.

The change would allow venues that serve liquor to meet the 50/50 food-to-drink sales ratio with food sold from an onsite food truck.

“I don’t see that it’s controversial,” Smith said. “Food is food.”

Board members also are expected to reappoint Sammy Rich as city manager, an annual affirmation, and Rich will announce his department directors. No changes are expected.

Rich also names his management staff and is expected to appoint Bryan Johnson as Municipal Court judge, to replace Jason Lewis.

Among the scheduled reappointments: Patrick Eidson as assistant city manager, Katie Kiser as executive assistant, Mike Hackett as water and sewer division director, Kirk Milan as public service manager, Sheree Shore as finance director, Chris Jenkins as public works director and Andy Davis as city attorney.

Rich also will be announcing that city offices will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Garbage pick-ups scheduled for Mondays will be bumped to Tuesday that week, and Tuesday collections will be moved to Wednesday. The regular schedule will be followed for Thursday and Friday.