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Posted: April 23, 2009 12:30 p.m.

Social Circle appoints new city council member

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David Keener

Social Circle City Council appointed its newest member on Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by the sudden passing of councilmember David Terry.

The meeting opened with a moment of silence for Terry, 77, who passed away April 5.

David Keener, 55, a recently retired manager with BellSouth and Terry's son-in-law, was appointed by a unanimous vote to fill the eight months remaining in Terry's term. Had there been more than half a term left, there would have been a special election, said Mayor Jim Burgess.

"I'll do my best," Keener said, adding that he knew he had big shoes to fill.

Burgess said Terry had actually expressed a desire that, should anything happen to him, he'd like Keener complete his term. Penny Keener, Terry's daughter, said her father had said this a few months before his passing.

"He wanted to cover all the bases," she said.

Though he has no previous experience in public office, Keener said he did have managerial experience.

"I consider myself a good listener and I think that's an important part of being a good council person," he said.

Keener was to be sworn in later and was not able to vote in the night's meeting, but sat in Terry's seat and listened as the council discussed new ordinances for liquor by the drink regulations.

For more informaton on the liquor by the drink ordinances adopted, see Friday's edition of The Covington News.

 

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