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Thomasville swears in first African-American woman to serve on city council

Cheryl Presha was unanimously voted in
Posted: 4:07 AM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 07:55:43-04
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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — There's no longer an empty Thomasville city council seat.

On Monday evening, the council voted on a temporary replacement for suspended Mayor Greg Hobbs.

"I'm still getting over the shock. I'm elated, you know. This is something I've wanted to do for, I guess it's been over 30 years," Cheryl Presha.

Cheryl Presha was surprised and emotional to be unanimously voted in by the city council.

The entire room erupted into cheering as Cheryl Presha was named the temporary replacement for the district one seat. And she couldn't even contain her joy, she was crying happy tears before even being sworn in.

She's the first African-American woman to serve on the Rose City's council. And Presha already has ideas for the board.

"To work with the elderly, those who do not have access to the news, and talk with different group and organizations, and let them know what's going on in the community to those," Presha.

Presha was sworn in on Monday and will fill the role until a ruling is made in the investigation into mayor Hobbs or until the end of his term in December 2020.

Mayor Pro Tem, Terry Scott, will continue to fill the role of acting Mayor.

Those who live in Thomasville, saying they're happy with the direction the city is moving.

"I hope that things keep moving the way the way there are as smoothly as they are. City citizens weren't really happy with the way things were. They wanted to see things improve and move on to a better future," said Ron Sharp.

Ron Sharp has lived in Thomasville for 25 years.

Now, he's watching a Rose City native prepare to step up for her community.

"I'm just happy. I'm ready to serve. I thank those who have sent out the prayers for me," said Presha.

This all comes after Georgia's Governor suspended Mayor Greg Hobbs on April 2.

He was indicted by a Thomas County grand jury, on charges of making false statements to investigators.