WARNER ROBINS — For Mayor Randy Toms, the tears came sooner than he expected.
During an emotional event for the new city leader, Toms was sworn in Monday as mayor of Warner Robins. Post 1 Councilman Chuck Shaheen, Post 3 Councilman Keith Lauritsen and Post 5 Councilman Clifford Holmes Jr. also were sworn in during the ceremony.
“Thank you to God for giving me the dream to achieve something bigger than myself,” Toms said through tears.
A standing-room-only crowd packed City Hall, with a cluster of spectators spilling out of council chambers and even standing on the indoor balcony to get a glimpse of the ceremony. After he was sworn in with family by his side, it wasn’t long before Toms grabbed a tissue as he choked back tears.