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Two additional council members resign

DAMASCUS. Ga. -- Three council members and the Damascus mayor have now resigned, leaving only the mayor pro-tem to run the city government.

City Attorney Tommy Coleman confirmed Tuesday that Council members Tanya Williams-Sol and Gwen Freeman-Shuler joined Bridget Wells and Mayor Vivian Ponder in resigning from office.

Ponder and Wells each resigned Monday. No reason for the council members' resignations were given, although Ponder said she was resigning due to employment obligations.

Coleman says that under the city charter Mayor Pro-Tem Nathaniel Thompson will appoint one member of the council in order to form a quorum. Then those two will appoint the remaining two positions. After all the council seats are filled, the council will then appoint a mayor from among those on the council, and then fill that seat at the table with another appointee.