DUNWOODY, Ga. — New Dunwoody council members Stacey Harris and Joe Seconder took their oath of office Jan. 2.
Councilman John Heneghan, who was reelected to his at-large post, was also sworn in and unanimously elected mayor pro tem.
The mayor pro tem presides in meetings and ceremonial functions when the mayor is absent. The post was formerly held by Lynn Deutsch, who was officially sworn in as mayor Jan.2.
“I can’t think of a better way to start a new year and a new decade with some new leadership in the city of Dunwoody,” Deutsch said. “As I’ve said repeatedly, we had a great first 10 years, but the best is yet to come.”
Heneghan pointed out that he is the lone inaugural member of the Dunwoody City Council still serving. He said he hopes that historical perspective will continue to be valuable to the other council members and citizens.
“I am honored and very thankful that I’m able to continue my service and that I’m trusted by you, the community, to allow me to do so,” Heneghan said.
For Harris and Seconder, though both previously active in the community, the behind-the-scenes work at City Hall is all new. Seconder said right now he is focused on listening and learning, likening his meetings with city staff to a new hire orientation.
“Before I make any decision and vote, I want to be as well educated as I can be,” Seconder said.
Harris said she was honored for the opportunity to serve the city.
“I don’t know what I’m getting into, but I’m excited to get into it,” she said.
The oaths of office were administered by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Stacey Hydrick.
The only other agenda item was public comment. Two representatives of CrossFit Dunwoody spoke against the Dunwoody Village development moratorium, and one resident encouraged residents to attend one of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s upcoming public input meetings. For more information about those meetings, see page 4.
The next City Council meeting will be Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.