Marietta Ward 5 candidates to be at Thursday meeting

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin and City Council will host a Ward 5 Town Hall meeting 4 p.m. Thursday, before the 5:15 p.m. agenda work session, at the City Hall Council Chambers, 205 Lawrence St., Marietta.

The meeting will allow Ward 5 residents to meet other Ward 5 residents who have expressed an interest in being appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to fill the City Council vacancy.

Public comment will be open for five-minute intervals.

So far four residents: Tom Sawyer, Diana Simmons, Reuben Sands and Reginald Copeland hope to be chosen.

The vacancy was left when Anthony Coleman was declared guilty in May on one count of lying about his friend’s community service.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Tain Kell sentenced Coleman to serve 500 hours of community service and five years of probation and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Marietta does not have a process for filling a City Council seat during a temporary suspension making Gov. Deal’s involvement necessary.

Coleman’s conviction may be overturned and he then could be reinstated to serve on the Council.