Tangee Puckett

Tangee Puckett is sworn in as the city clerk of Walnut Grove, Ga., on Thursday night, Jan. 9, 2020. Looking on is Sonya Cox, the city’s deputy clerk.

WALNUT GROVE, Ga. — Some positions in the city government are vacant, at least for a month, while new leaders get the lay of the land.

Councilwoman Stephanie Moncrief asked to table several appointments during the organizational meeting of the council Thursday night.

Moncrief and Joe Wilchek took office for their first terms. Former Councilman Mark Moore was sworn in as mayor after winning the office in a landslide in November.

Moore’s former council seat remains vacant pending a special election in March. Only Linda Pilgrim was held over on the council, and she was elected mayor pro tem last week.

On hold are the positions of deputy clerk, public works director, code enforcement officer, city attorney, city engineer and Municipal Court judge.

Moore suggested reappointing Sonya Cox as deputy clerk, Mike Malcom as city attorney, Precision Planning Inc. as city engineer and Samuel M. Barth as the judge.

“I would like to make a motion to give the City Council a chance to get into office,” Moncrief said. “We don’t even know what’s out there right now.”

Moncrief suggested postponing the appointments until the council meets Feb. 13. The measure passed unanimously.

Before giving up the mayor’s chair to Moore, Carol Witcher announced the retirement of Public Works Director Alan Barton, along with the resignations of maintenance workers Greg Mobley and Terry Cole.

Moore did not offer a name for the code enforcement officer role.

One position that was filled was city clerk. Tangee Puckett was announced as the new city clerk. She held the same position in Oakwood for 12 years before leaving last September.

“We’re very excited about having her join us,” Moore said.

Puckett’s peers elected her as the District 2 director of the Georgia Municipal Clerks Association in 2019.

Puckett succeeded longtime City Clerk Kathy Glass, who retired.

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