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Suwanee bids farewell to Williams, swears in Burnette as new mayor

SUWANEE -- City staff and council members, along with family and friends who turned out for the occasion, said a public "goodbye" to former Suwanee mayor Dave Williams Tuesday evening. Williams, who did not run for re-election and is being succeeded by newly-elected mayor Jimmy Burnette, took the time Tuesday to thank all those who mentored and supported him throughout his four-year term.

In what could best be described as a friendly roast of the outgoing mayor, city attorney Gregory Jay paid tribute to WiIliams by parodying the "Most Interesting Man in the World" ads, instead hailing "The Most Interesting Mayor in the World." Staff members presented the former mayor with a photo album highlighting the numerous milestones Suwanee has marked during his tenure.

Williams' wife Debbie, his children and parents were on hand Tuesday to participate in the tribute. Other who's-whos such as Randy Meacham (Managing Director, Gwinnett Municipal Association), Wayne Hill (former Gwinnett County Commission Chairman) and state senator Don Balfour attended Tuesday evening's celebration.

Newly elected officials sworn in

Jimmy Burnette was sworn in Tuesday as the city's new mayor, and Dick Goodman (council Post 2) and Doug Ireland (council post 1) also took their oaths of office Tuesday evening.

Special Use permit approved for public storage business

A special use permit was approved Tuesday for McGinnis Ferry Self Storage, allowing the existing business to conduct automotive rental. Without the permit, vehicular related uses are prohibited. Conditions paced on the permit include allowing no more than five rental trucks on the property at the time. McGinnis Ferry Self Storage is located at 3900 McGInnis Ferry Road.

20-year officer honored

Suwanee police Capt. Clyde Byers was honored Tuesday for his 20 years of service to the Suwanee police department. According to police chief Mike Jones, Byers "was never a 'yes' man, but always served the city of Suwanee well." Byers started his service with the city in 1991 as a patrol officer, then detective, interim chief and finally Captain.

Byer was presented with a watch to mark the milestone.