Interim City Council Member Sorrells Takes Oath

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the Cumming City Council welcomed interim Councilman Doug Sorrells during their meeting on May 19.

Interim City Council member Doug Sorrells was sworn in at the Council’s May 19 meeting by Judge Richard Neville. The council appointed Sorrells to fill the vacancy of the Post 1 Seat created by the departure of Rupert Sexton, who recently announced he was stepping down to enjoy retirement.

Sorrells, a former longtime clerk of courts in Forsyth County, has said he has no interest in running for the office and will serve through July 21, when the winner of a June 16 special election is sworn into office.

Sorrells served as Forsyth County’s clerk of courts from 1996-2008, when he chose not to seek re-election. He then served as the local Republican Party representative on the county’s elections board from June 2010 until February 2015.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt noted he and the council preferred an interim member who had no intention of running for the vacant seat, to ensure the council remained neutral in the election of a new member.

Four candidates have qualified to run in the special election on June 16: Roger Crow, Linda Ledbetter, Julie Tressler and Chuck Welch. Whoever wins that election will serve through Dec. 31, 2017.

Interim City Councilman Doug Sorrells was sworn into office during the May 19 Cumming City Council meeting by Judge Richard Neville. Sorrells was joined by his wife, Remelba.