Posted: Tuesday, September 3rd 2013 at 7:28pm
Curtis Segars asked to pinch hit on Gainesville City Council
By Marc Eggers Staff
GAINESVILLE – The Gainesville City Council Tuesday evening unanimously approved the nomination of Curtis Segars to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat created when Danny Dunagan, serving as mayor, resigned in order to run for the office of Mayor.
Dunagan’s resignation was expected as a result of a change in the city’s charter, calling for a city-wide elected mayor with the November 5th election. Mayorship had been a rotating position among council members.
Dunagan qualified to run for mayor last week.
Segars, who celebrated his 80th birthday in June, was not on hand at the council meeting but told Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras that he would be proud to accept the temporary position should the Council approve his nomination.
"Our charter states that if a vacancy occurs on the Council within twelve months…the governing body will appoint a successor for the remainder of that term," Figueras said. "I would like to move that we appoint Curtis Segars, who is a resident of Ward One, to fulfill the unexpired term of the Ward One councilmember seat."
Before Ms. Figueras could continue, Councilwoman Ruth Bruner seconded the nomination and Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Hamrick said, "We have a motion and a second, and a very good nomination."
"In whatever Mr. Segars has done in his life," Councilman George Wangemann added, "he has done it in a very dedicated and a very diligent manner. I also concur that he is a very good nominee for this (position)."
Segars began his career at Gainesville High School in 1963 as a coach and Social Studies teacher.
When he was named GHS Principal in 1968 his first task was integrating E.E. Butler High School into Gainesville High School. Segars retired from teaching in 1986.
He also served in the military in Korea, held the position of Chairman of the Hall County Commission, and was a recipient of the first honorary diploma awarded by Gainesville High School in 2009.
The Council authorized Segars’ swearing in at their next work session, Thursday, September 12th.
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