JOHNNIE WALLER
JOHNNIE WALLER
A new and familiar regime began in Calhoun Falls as its new mayor was sworn in Wednesday at the Calhoun Falls Civic Center. 
Election officials minted Johnnie Waller as the town's top official during a swearing-in ceremony before a crowd of about 60 people who gathered to see him installed as mayor. It's not a new refrain for Waller. He served nearly 20 years as Calhoun Falls' mayor before outgoing mayor Lee Garrett beat him in 2010.
He was sworn in along with re-elected councilwoman Mindy Boggs-Rogers and newly elected councilman Wane Postell. All three earn their spots during a December election that featured three mayoral hopefuls and seven bids for two council seats.


The ceremony was followed by a special Town Council meeting, during which officials passed a resolution appointing Rogers mayor pro-tem for the year. As per that post, she will carry the mayor's authorization in his absence. Waller said he opted to vote on the position Wednesday because outgoing mayor Lee Garrett and mayor pro-tem Keith Ashley — who stepped down from his council seat — are no longer town legislators. That left the town having no one with signing authority for bills, business documents, checks and other such matters before Wednesday's resolution.
The council also appointed committee leaders to town departments during the meeting. Waller indicated he will lead the administration department, Rogers is in charge of recreation and facilities, Councilman Charlie Tillman will act as the liaison for the streets and sanitation department, Councilman Craig Brown will spearhead the police committee and Postell will direct the fire and airport committees.