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Former Cumming police chief appointed interim mayor of Dawsonville
Mike Eason
Mike Eason.

Former Cumming Police Chief Mike Eason was appointed interim mayor of Dawsonville Monday night by unanimous vote of the city council.  

Eason, 67, will serve as mayor until a special election can be held on March 20, 2018 to fill the unexpired term of James Grogan, who was removed from office earlier this year.

Council member Caleb Phillips motioned to appoint Eason, and council member Angie Smith seconded the motion.

“On behalf of us, I look forward to serving with Mr. Eason and I think he’s going to be a real valuable asset for us,” Mayor Pro Tem Jason Power said.

After a short swearing-in ceremony, Eason addressed the council and meeting attendees.

“I want to take a second to thank the members of the council for selecting me as the interim mayor,” Eason said. “I went through an interview process with all of them, they asked good questions, we had a good dialogue. It was a positive experience for me and I hope that I can serve the citizens of Dawsonville, the members of the council and the staff of the city for the next few months in a positive way and maybe make some positive impact.”

Eason then joined the council members and conducted the meeting as mayor.

Eason has owned a home in the Gold Creek subdivision since 2012.

He left the Cumming Police Department in January of 2009 after nearly four years as chief.

At the time Eason told the Forsyth County News that he was asked to resign by City Administrator Gerald Blackburn, though Blackburn stated that Eason had simply resigned.

Eason retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2002.

Eason said he has “no intentions at this time” to run for the mayor seat in March. Grogan has already announced his intention to run.

The council also voted to set the qualifying dates for the special election to 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8-11 at the Dawson County Board of Elections office, at 96 Academy Ave.

The qualifying fee is $720.

The elected mayor will be sworn in on April 9 and their term will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

City residents must be registered by Feb. 20 to vote in the election.

The council also amended the ordinance that relates to the mayor’s compensation for meetings beyond the first regular meeting of the month.

The amendment reduced the mayor’s compensation from $2,000 per month to $600 per month.

Council member Mike Sosebee opposed the change and abstained from voting.