Election set for Rosser’s seat

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Locust Grove officials have set in motion the process that will determine who succeeds late councilman James Rosser, who died unexpectedly last week.

“It definitely caught us off-guard,” city manager Tim Young said last Thursday of Rosser’s passing. “We didn’t learn that he was hospitalized until Saturday and didn’t know until Sunday night that his prognosis wasn’t good.”

Rosser died the next morning, April 13, at Spalding Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was 72. His funeral was Saturday.

The City Council moved at its regular meeting April 20 to set June 16 as the date for a special election to fill Rosser’s seat. All City Council posts in Locust Grove are at-large.

Qualifying for the seat is April 27-29 at City Hall - 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednes-day.

A Locust Grove resident most of his life, Rosser served just over five years on the City Council. He won a second term in the fall of 2013, and there are just over two and a half years remaining on that term.

Three other council members - Vernon Ashe, Otis Hammock and Frances Ward - are nearing the end of their four-year teams and their seats will be on the regular ballot this November. But Rosser’s seat must be filled well before that.

“The law says it can’t be open for a long period of time,” said Young, adding that there are four specific times during the year when a special election can be called.

If Rosser’s term had nine months or fewer remaining, the council could appoint someone to fill his seat in the interim.