Oxford appoints new councilman, police chief

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

OXFORD -- The city of Oxford continues to go through personnel changes.

Monday's monthly meeting was the last for Councilwoman Sue Dale, who has filled the Post 4 seat since January 2010.

"We owe a great deal of gratitude for the contributions she's made," said Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry. "We will miss her enthusiasm and expertise she's offered. The city will benefit for years to come."

Dale won the election for the seat in November 2009, after then Councilwoman Emma Lou Patterson decided she would not continue on the council at the end of her term. At the time, Dale was the human resources manager at Oxford College but has since left that position.

She has lived in Oxford for nearly five years and in the past has written grants for the city.

While on the council, she was on the personnel, public safety, parks and trees committees.

She did not give a reason for her resignation at the meeting and was unavailable for comment as of press time Tuesday.

After executive session, the council appointed David Eady to complete the four-year term of Dale. Eady has been chair of the Oxford planning commission for several years, so the council next will decide who will replace him as chair.

"We've done a lot of work over the last couple of years to define a shared vision of the community and have redrafted the code of ordinances to reflect that," he said. "I want to ensure that we continue to move forward with that vision."

Eady, whose family history in Oxford dates back to the 1840s, is a lifetime resident of Oxford, save for a few years during and briefly after college. He conducts management consulting work and holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in community planning and development from Georgia State University.

He and his wife Vicki are the parents of two sons, 15 year-old Benjamin and 10-year old Grayson.

"Oxford remains a close-knit community that has a lot of diversity in terms of people and homes and a shared history that we can all be proud of," he said. "It's a great place to raise a family, and I hope we continue to build on those values of family, history and community."

The council also on Monday voted to appoint Lt. Walter David Harvey as the city's police chief beginning July 1. He has worked for the city's police department for three years.

Clark Miller, the current police chief who has worked as interim city clerk administrator since former clerk Carol Poole retired in March, will begin serving as city manager beginning July 1.