District 1 Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Chase Williams was sworn in as Mayor of the city of Brookhaven on June 9, following the resignation of Mayor J. Max Davis to run for another office.
The Honorable Michael Jacobs administered the oath of office to Mayor Williams.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to build a great city, where our mission statement says we strive to be a national model, a place where our residents and businesses flourish,” Williams said. “I will continue to build on the work already accomplished, to learn from experience and to build a government that is exceptional in all regards.”
Per the city’s charter, Mayor Williams was appointed by fellow councilmembers since the election for that office is less than 12 months away in November. Vacancies of 12 months or more require a special election.
Following Mayor Williams’ oath, she appointed District 1 resident Linley Jones to represent that district. The election for that seat will also be this November.
The councilmembers elected District 3 Councilman Bates Mattison as Mayor Pro Tem.
In addition to the mayor and District 1 seat, the District 3 seat will also be up for election on Nov. 3.
Potential candidates must file a notice of candidacy in the office of the City Clerk of Brookhaven between Monday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 2, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fee for each city council seat is $360, and the fee for mayor is $480.
Mayoral candidates must be a resident of the city of Brookhaven for at least 12 continuous months immediately prior to the election date, while candidates for city council must be a resident of the district for at least six continuous months immediately prior to the election.