By: Kimberly Halter
and the Staff reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
Devid Deng, Staff Photographer of Georgia weekly Post
Denis Shortal, a retired brigadier general, was sworn in Monday evening, along with three other council members, all incumbents. Judge Richard McCully administered the oath of office.
The Council Chambers was filled with well-wishers, including former Mayor Ken Wright, State Sen. Fran Millar and DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester.
Shortal said he sees a need to reassure residents that the city government is operating in the open.
While street repairs and police were key issues cited in local races for Mayor and City Council, the pall of dissent and backroom maneuvering hung over the 2015 municipal elections.
In-fighting among the council that began with the election four years ago of Mayor Mike Davis ignited citizens to mount protests of city projects, such as modifying park plans, widening and modifying streets, development of the Georgetown area and modifying the city charter.
Longtime City Councilman Denis Shortal resigned his council seat in September to challenge Davis for the mayor’s seat and won handily.
▲ Denis Shortal, a retired brigadier general, was sworn in Monday evening, along with three other council members, all incumbents. Judge Richard McCully administered the oath of office.
Councilman Terry Nall, who led a drive to take local control of fire protection from DeKalb County, won re-election. Despite criticism from some residents for his part in the drive to alter the city charter and allow the city to redirect tax dollars for fire protection, Nall staved off a challenge from community leader Becky Springer and won with 69 percent of the vote.
▲ Kimberly Halter Staff reporter of Georgia Weekly Post greeted by Mayor Denis Shortal of Dunwoody.
Two other council members, Lynn Deutsch and John Heneghan, ran unopposed.
During the Monday meeting, Councilman Doug Thompson, a local attorney, was elected Mayor Pro-Tem.