Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis unfolded the pieces of paper one by one Jan. 2 and read aloud the names they contained. They were votes cast by members of Dunwoody City Council for the next Mayor Pro Tem, the council member who would sit in when the mayor wasn’t available.

“This is like ‘Survivor,’” City Councilman Doug Thompson joked.

Thompson was one of two nominees for the job. The other was Councilman Denny Shortal, the only person to hold the job since the council’s start five years ago..

When Davis completed the count, Shortal reclaimed the job, 4 votes to 3.

“All right,” the mayor said, “five years and counting.”

Before the vote to fill the mayor pro tem job, Shortal, Thompson and new City Councilman Jim Riticher were sworn in to new terms on the council by Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, right, swears in Dunwoody City Council members Jim Riticher, left, Doug Thompson, center, and Denny Shortal, right, during the council’s Jan. 2 meeting.

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