JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A new mayor and City Council were sworn in Jan. 10 at the council’s first public meeting of 2022.
Mayor John Bradberry took the gavel, and council members Dilip Tunki, Bob Erramilli and Larry DiBiase were seated on the dais.
Among the council members’ first actions was the election of mayor pro tem. The position entitles a sitting council member to perform all mayoral functions in a case where the mayor is absent or disabled.
On a 4-3 vote, Chris Coughlin was named mayor pro tem. Coughlin has held the Post 4 seat on the council since 2017. He also served on the council for one meeting in 2015 after winning election for an interim term.
Coughlin was nominated by Councilwoman Erin Elwood who cited Coughlin’s seniority and public service on the council.
DiBiase then nominated Councilwoman Stacy Skinner for the position. Prior to the Jan. 10 meeting, Skinner was a seated council member for three meetings. DiBiase cited Skinner’s leadership of her neighborhood board, experience on the board of zoning appeals and leadership he said she provided during the campaign process as his reason for the nomination.
He also said that based on the outcome of the Nov. 2 election, he believed Johns Creek voters would want one of their newly elected officials to step into the role.
Bradberry, Tunki, Skinner, Erramilli and DiBiase were endorsed as a single Republican ticket by the Fulton County Republican Party in the non-partisan election. All five won their seats by an average of 24 percentage points.
Prior to the council’s vote, Coughlin shared plans to make the term for mayor pro tem abbreviated, saying he would plan to resign after one year if elected. Skinner said she would do the same.
Shortening the term, Coughlin said, would allow more council involvement and “give every council member a seat at the table.”
After discussion, Coughlin drew votes from Bradberry, Elwood, Tunki and himself, with Skinner, DiBiase and Erramilli dissenting.
Coughlin assumed the role immediately following the vote and will serve until his planned resignation in January 2023.