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A judge agreed this morning that Bibb County's new mayor and commission will be sworn in Dec. 31 and take office Jan. 1, 2014.

Judge Edgar Ennis agreed to the order after a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court that lasted less than a half hour.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. Reichert had requested the new start date for Bibb County's new consolidated government. He noted that the charter approved by the General Assembly last year would have left a two-week gap after the demise of the City of Macon and Bibb County governments.

Lawyers for the city, Bibb County and Reichert's own lawyer attended the brief hearing, along with Reichert himself. He won a runoff in October to become the first mayor of the combined government.

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