Derek Rogers

Derek Rogers

The city of Fort Oglethorpe recently decided who its mayor pro tem will be for 2018 and also reappointed two people to their existing positions with the city.

On Jan. 8, City Councilman Derek Rogers learned that he will serve as the mayor pro tem for 2018, after Craig Crawford handled the duties in 2017.

"During the first meeting of each year, we appoint a mayor pro tem, so I'll open up the floor for nominations," Mayor Earl Gray said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to nominate Councilman Derek Rogers to serve for the year 2018," Councilwoman Paula Stinnett said.

Similar to the duties of a vice mayor in some cities, the mayor pro tem serves as a backup or fill-in during instances where the mayor is absent.

During the meeting, the council also unanimously approved the reappointment of Municipal Court Judge Winston Webb to another term.

On Jan. 22, the council decided to reappoint local developer Justin Hunt to its Planning and Zoning Commission.

"Mr. Hunt, I think, has served two terms and he has expressed interest to remain on the Planning Commission and has done a good job for us," Gray said.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at