Pelham mayor moves, must step down

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Mayor Laura Beth Tucker submitted her resignation at a called meeting to the Pelham Council Friday, August 21, because she is moving outside the city limits, and would no longer meet the residency requirements outlined in the Pelham Charter.

During Mayor Tucker's term in office significant improvements were already evident to the Pelham community including:  turning the street lights back on, broad-based improvement in the city's finances, "Buy Local" policy, closing of the Mize Street Detention Center, realignment of the Pelham retirement plan with the Georgia Municipal Association, and the creation of a Downtown Development Authority.

"I consider the last 10 months with the City of Pelham to be my most enjoyable professionally," she said. "Over this time period, we have reached every Council decision by demonstrating a cooperative working relationship.  In governing our City, we have done so under consideration of one primary question "Is it best for Pelham?"

She recommended that Council appoint Mayor Pro-Tem James Turner Eubanks as Mayor of City of Pelham.

Eubanks was appointed Mayor to serve out Tucker's term.

Prior to the appointment by the City Council, Councilman Eubanks resigned his position as Councilman in accordance with state law.

Mayor Eubanks has served on the Pelham City Council for the past nine years and has held the position of Mayor Pro Tem for the past several years.

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