Council considering Dec. 31 swear-in of new government

Although the new Macon Bibb consolidated government takes over Jan. 1, current elected officials continue struggling over when the new officials will take their oaths of office.

On Monday, Macon City Council's Ordinances and Resolutions Committee approved a resolution that calls for the new officials to take their oaths on Dec. 31. That resolution is scheduled to go before the full 15-member council for consideration Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Bibb County Commission is expected to consider a similar resolution Tuesday afternoon.

The city and county resolutions came after Mayor Robert Reichert filed a petition in Bibb Superior Court asking that a judge set Dec. 31 as the day for the new government officials to take their oaths..

The Superior Court hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday at the county courthouse.

Problems surrounding the swearing-in ceremonies began last year when the Bibb legislative delegation put together the charter for the consolidated government. That document said, if voters approved consolidation, the new government would take office Jan. 14, 2014.

Terms of the current city and county elected officials expire at midnight Dec. 31. Should that remain in place, Macon and Bibb would be without government for two weeks.

So once the error was caught, state lawmakers change the take over date to Jan. 1, 2014. But in the process, the lawmakers failed to include a date for the new officials to take their oaths of office.

Officials hope the resolutions and court hearing will resolve that issue as well.


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