A day after the death of Mayor Ray Nunley, Dan Curry unofficially became Loganville's mayor-elect.
Curry was the sole qualifier for the position, at the end of the qualifying period Wednesday, a day after the 69-year-old passed away after a battle with lung cancer.
Nunley resigned last month, due to his health conditions, and the City Council had set a June 18 special election to replace him.
Next week, a qualifying period will be held for a councilman to serve the remaining two-and-a-half years of Curry's term. If only one candidate steps forward, the city may have an earlier date for the swearing-in.
"It's kind of sad to assume a position in this particular way," said Curry, who was vice-mayor before resigning for the mayoral run last week. "But due to Mayor Nunley, the city is in great shape, and I certainly plan to move us forward."
With a new town green scheduled to open this summer at the corner of Main and Pecan streets, Curry said he hoped to make the city even more business friendly and to get citizens more engaged.
"(Nunley) was a very strong and a very good leader for the city of Loganville. He'll certainly be missed," Curry said.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, with a visitation preceding it from 1 to 3 p.m.
"The flags at City Hall have been lowered to half staff in honor of this great man," a statement from the city said. "Mayor Nunley served our City with honor and dignity. His legacy will live on for many years to come. You will be missed Mayor Nunley!"