After a brief executive session during their June 5 meeting, the Dacula City Council voted to fill the seat vacated by Gregory Reeves, who resigned last month in the wake of his arrest on a theft charge involving the alleged misuse of a city-issued credit card.
Donna Barber Peairs, a resident of Dacula for more than 18 years, was appointed by a unanimous vote.
Peairs was one of four citizens who expressed an interest in filling the post. The Dacula City Council held a question and answer session with the four prospective council members -- Peairs, Tommy Bradberry, Frank Garland and Tim Montgomery -- on June 4.
During that meeting, Peairs, an assistant cafeteria manager at Mountain View High School, said she had a "desire and hunger" to serve.
Peairs will take office before the next council meeting according to Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.
The council voted to offset the charges -- totaling just over $4,300 -- in part by Reeves' accumulated council salary for 2014, which totals $1,262 after taxes. The remainder will be paid out of the general fund.
Wilbanks said the city hopes to eventually recoup the amount drawn from the general fund.
In another vote resulting from executive session discussion, the council unanimously approved the hiring of a maintenance worker. The new employee is expected to begin work next week.
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