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Whatley will not seek re-election after 20th year on council
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Michael Whatley

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council will have at least one new face in 2020, as Councilman Michael Whatley announced Monday night that he would not seek re-election at the end of his 20th year in the elected position. 

"I guess everyone knows now that I will not be running," he said. "I hadn't really said that out loud yet to the public, but I might as well go ahead and do it sometime. I will not be running for a 21st year."

Whatley currently serves as the Post 2 East representative on the city council. His fourth term in the position ends at the end of the 2019 calendar year. 

"Councilman Whatley has served the city of Covington proudly for 20 years," City Manager Leigh Anne Knight said. "His list of accomplishments and contributions is long and to say his presence on the council will be missed would be an understatement. I do wish him and his wife the very best and hope he is proud of his time spent serving his community. He certainly should be."

Also up for re-election this year is Councilman Josh McKelvey (Post 3 East), Councilman Kenneth Morgan (Post 1 West) and Mayor Ronnie Johnston.