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Mayor Patti Garrett elected to third term, Tony Powers elected pro-tem, Kelly Walsh sworn in

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Mayor Patti Garrett elected to third term, Tony Powers elected pro-tem, Kelly Walsh sworn in

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett. Photo obtained via http://pattigarrett.net/
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Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett. Photo obtained via http://pattigarrett.net/

The Decatur City Commission held its organizational meeting on Jan. 2 and commissioners unanimously re-elected Patti Garrett as mayor.

In Decatur, the mayor is not chosen by voters in a municipal election but is instead chosen by fellow commissioners at the first meeting of the year. Garrett was first elected mayor in 2016.

Commissioners also elected Tony Powers as the mayor pro tem, filling the spot previously held by Commissioner Fred Boykin.

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Kelly Walsh was elected to Boykin’s commission seat after he decided not to seek another term.

Garrett said the city has a busy year ahead of it. The city will soon begin the master planning process for the United Methodist Children’s Home which it recently purchased. She also noted that with the recent passage of a sales tax to fund infrastructure projects, Decatur now has a new source of funding to tackle improving the Atlanta Avenue intersection with West Howard Avenue and West College Avenue.

“I think we have an amazing group and we have a real chemistry to move the city forward and I am thrilled to have Kelly on board,” Garrett said.

Walsh said the feeling is mutual.

“I’m just thrilled to be here,” Walsh said. “I get to join a great leadership team that inspired me to run for this office, to be here and be ready to work with them.”

At the end of the meeting, commissioners unanimously approved an alcohol license for The White Bull, which will open next to Brick Store Pub. WSB-TV reports that the restaurant will open sometime this spring.

Editor’s note: This story was reported by watching the live video stream of the Jan. 2 commission meeting. 

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