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Hoschton city clerk resigns
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HOSCHTON — Several city officials confirmed Wednesday that Hoschton City Clerk Kristen Mahan has resigned her post.

Mayor Bill Copenhaver said that he had not received a formal resignation from Mahan, but did have reason to believe she would be resigning.

“I have been told not by her, but by a third party that she will be (resigning),” he said.

“But I have not seen a piece of paper.”

Councilman Jim Jester also confirmed that Mahan would be resigning due to a medical-related issue.

As of Wednesday, Mahan’s photo and name had been removed from the city’s Web site.

Efforts to reach Mahan on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Assistant city clerk Karen Butler, who is now acting as the city’s interim clerk, also confirmed this.

“What we have heard is that due to medical issues, Kristen has resigned and she will not be returning ... that’s what he (Mayor Bill Copenhaver) told us,” she said.

On Monday, the Hoschton City Council held an emergency meeting and voted unanimously to name Butler the new election superintendent in place of Mahan.

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for the mayor and city council posts 1, 2, 3 and 5 in Hoschton.

“We contacted the (Jackson) County probate judge (Margaret Deadwyler) ... to notify her of what was going on, sort of halfway expecting maybe that the county would have someone that could come down and serve as our superintendent,” Jester said.

“But she said no, what the city council had to do was reappoint somebody and it had to be done that day, so that’s why we had to have that emergency meeting like we did.”

When asked if the city council would discuss Mahan’s resignation and the city’s next steps at today’s work session or Monday’s meeting, Copenhaver said probably, but he wasn’t sure.

“I think the general feeling would be that we would just leave it up to the next council,” he said.

Mahan began working as city clerk for Hoschton in May 2008 and prior to that worked at Hamilton State Bank.

The Hoschton City Council’s work session will be at 7 tonight at the Hoschton Depot on Ga. 53.

Times regional staff writer Claire Miller contributed to this report.

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