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Mayor-at-large runs meeting
Daughter serves as mayor
Madeline Walraven, center, served as mayor-at-large at Monday night’s Pembroke City Council meeting. She is the daughter of Councilwoman Tiffany Walraven, left. At right is Mayor Judy Cook. Photo by LeeAnna Tatum.

What could have been an a relatively uneventful council meeting Monday in Pembroke was brightened with the presence of Councilwoman Tiffany Walraven’s daughter Madelyn.

Given the honorary title mayor-at-large for the day, Madelyn was tasked with leading the pledge and pounding the mayor’s gavel on cue.

Madelyn, 10, sent a letter to the mayor asking if she could help her at the council meeting.

“Madelyn mailed in a letter to the mayor and we are always glad to have kids participate in the process,” City Clerk Sharroll Fanslau said.

Madelyn described the experience as fun, but said she wasn’t interested in being mayor in the future, though she is open to the idea of following her mom’s footsteps as a council member.

In other business:

• Council appointed Public Safety Director Bill Collins as interim Chief of Police in the wake of Randy Alexander’s recent retirement.

The city is not currently advertising for a permanent replacement.

• The city received a safety and liability management grant from the Georgia Municipal Association.

The grant was in the amount of $3,200 for the purchase of IT in a Box which is a technology service that helps municipalities with data security and backup, as well as, computer maintenance and disaster recovery.

“Today, we received a grant for $3,200 which was a portion of our application this year from GMA … this is the first year they allowed this type of grant assistance for having that (IT in a Box),” Fanslau said.

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