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Four vying to replace Eaton on Guyton council
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Guyton City Council members will be going over applications from four people seeking to fill Ulysses Eaton’s seat.

Eaton resigned his post after taking a job in the Gainesville area, Mayor Jeff Larsicy said. Eaton’s last attended a meeting as a council member on Feb. 8.

Michael Gerwig, Joseph Lee, Marshall Reiser and Nick Smalley have submitted their names to the city to fill out Eason’s unexpired term. Eaton was appointed to council in 2009 and elected in 2009 and 2013.

“I think we’re very fortunate to have four candidates,” said council member Steve Collins.

Gerwig and his wife visited Guyton two years ago and decided to move from Baltimore to Guyton in November 2014. He spent more than 40 years as a grounds supervisor at the Maryland state capitol, Bowie State University, CCBC Community Colleges of Baltimore County and Georgia Southern University.

Lee retired after more than 30 years with International Paper. He has served on the city’s leisure services committee for eight years. He has been married for 32 years and is the father of four and has five grandchildren.

Reiser is a certified public accountant and certified financial planner with his own firm in Guyton. He is a board member of the Treutlen House and the New Ebenezer Retreat and Conference Center. He also is a on the Guyton planning and zoning board and is Boy Scouts parent volunteer.

Smalley is a captain in the Guyton Fire Department and is employed at Gulfstream Aerospace. He is on the Guyton Elementary PTO and a coach with the Effingham County Recreation and Parks department.

Lariscy asked the current council members —Collins, Franklin Goldwire and Michael Johnson — to look at the four candidates’ resumes over the next two weeks. The city’s personnel committee may ask each of the four to come in for a 10-15-minute interview.

Collins suggested council members could look at the strengths and weakness of the current council and how the applicants could help bolster those shortcomings.