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Thurbert Baker to swear in Porterdale's new mayor

PORTERDALE -- A new mayor and council member will be sworn into office at the Porterdale City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 9, as well as an incumbent council member who was reelected in November.

Former Councilwoman Arline Chapman, who successfully challenged Bobby Hamby for the mayor's seat, will be sworn in by her former boss -- Thurbert Baker, who served as Georgia's attorney general from 1997 to January 2011. Chapman worked as executive assistant to Baker before leaving state government.

In addition to Chapman, incumbent Councilwoman Linda Finger will take the oath of office for another four-year term, and Councilwoman Anita Rainey will take the oath for her first term in office. Councilman Tim Savage, who was also elected in November, was sworn in earlier to fill Chapman's unexpired term.

In addition, the council will hear a resolution in honor of former Mayor Hamby and outgoing Councilman Robert Foxworth, who was defeated by Rainey in the November elections.

The council will hold its first meeting of 2012 at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.