The Rome City Commission re-elected Jamie Doss to serve as mayor for another year Monday and chose Commissioner Bill Collins as mayor pro tem.
The unanimous votes — during the board’s first meeting of 2018 — followed a ceremony in which Superior Court Chief Judge Tami Colston administered the oaths of office to the three Ward II commissioners who won four-year terms in November.
Colston swore in Doss for his eighth term; Commissioner Wendy Davis for her second; and Commissioner Randy Quick for his first.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve with this esteemed body,” Quick said.
This will be Collins’ first year as mayor pro tem, the commissioner designated to handle mayoral duties when the mayor is not available. Doss has been awarded the gavel annually since 2014.
“It’s 2018 and we like it,” Doss told the crowd. “This is going to be a year of momentum for the city of Rome.”
The board unanimously reappointed Sammy Rich as city manager and Rich reappointed his management staff and department heads.
Rome's 1914 charter established a strong city manager form of government. That means the nine commissioners set policy but a professional manager handles the daily operations.
Commissioners share power equally and, each year, select a chairman to preside over the meetings and sign documents for the board. The position was renamed “mayor” in 2002 to reflect the practice of other Georgia municipalities.
Bill Fricks was the last commission chair, serving in 2000 and 2001. Ronnie Wallace was the first mayor, serving the next six years, from 2002 through 2007. Wright Bagby Jr. took the gavel for three years, 2008 through 2010. Evie McNiece, the first woman to chair, was mayor from 2011 through 2013.
Also on Monday, the board accepted on first reading a proposed ordinance amendment that would allow venues that serve liquor count sales from on-site food trucks to meet the 50/50 food-to-drink sales ratio.
“It’s food either way it goes,” Collins said.
A final vote is slated for the commission's Jan. 22 meeting.