Austin To Remain Toccoa Mayor in 2013

The Toccoa City Commission will keep the mayor and vice-mayor the same in 2013 for the city.

On Monday, the city commission voted to appoint David Austin to serve again as mayor next year, while Andy Pavliscsak would continue to serve as vice-mayor for Toccoa.

City commissioners in Toccoa vote amongst themselves to appoint the mayor and vice-mayor each year for a one-year term from among the five-member commission.

Traditionally, the positions of mayor and vice-mayor are rotated among the five commissioners yearly.  In recent years, the vice-mayor one year has moved up to become mayor the next year.

However, Commissioner Terry Carter made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Gail Fry to have Austin and Pavliscsak continue in their respective positions.

Carter said he felt it was the right decision to keep those positions the same.

“I think over the last 12 months, we have made substantial stability in City Hall and I felt like it was important to keep that momentum and I think that David has done an excellent job,” said Carter. “He represents the city well and it would be nice to keep that momentum going.”

No votes were registered against the motion. Vice-Mayor Pavliscsak stated that he abstained from the vote.

Austin said he is willing to serve again as commissioners have asked him to do.

“Some cities have a continuation of the mayor for a two-year period just for that continuity, so that was the recommendation of some of the commissioners,” said Austin. “I am willing to do it and look forward to serving as Mayor in 2013.”

Toccoa City Attorney John Dickerson says that the city commission will have to confirm and ratify the appointments of Austin and Pavliscsak as mayor and vice-mayor respectively at the first Toccoa City Commission meeting next month, which is scheduled for January 14.