James Grogan was sworn in Monday as Dawsonville’s mayor.
Grogan, who has served as acting mayor since April, won the July 31 special election, taking 62 percent of the votes to defeat former Councilman Calvin Byrd.
Grogan will fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Lane Cox, who died in March. The term runs through December 2015.
A special election will be held in November to fill the two open council seats previously held by Grogan and Byrd.
After reciting the oath of office Monday, Grogan said he was honored and excited to take on the role. He’s also eager to encourage downtown development and support business.
“I would call on everybody to support the new or existing businesses in the community,” he said. “I encourage all of you to get involved and do something. If we all have great energy, then things will happen.”
Grogan was elected to the council in November 2009. During his term, he has served as mayor pro-tem, acting mayor and completed 42 hours of training with the Georgia Municipal Association.