GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF)- The City Council appointed two interim officials to permanent positions Monday night. John Waller will have the interim label removed from his planning and zoning director position, while interim city clerk Roxanne Brown has been tapped to replace former clerk Vicky Capetillo, who resigned amid a federal investigation.
Brown has 25 years of experience as a city clerk, so it seemed like a natural step for her and the local government. Mayor Gary Jones says the way the City Council came together to make that decision is a positive sign going forward.
Roxanne Brown started working as an administrative assistant in the Grovetown city government in March, just before the unthinkable happened.
In May, the FBI and Treasury Department raided Grovetown City Hall under the suspicion that up to hundreds of thousands of dollars were missing from city coffers. The investigation quickly turned to city clerk Vicky Capetillo. As Capetillo stepped down, Brown stepped up as interim clerk.
“I guess being in local government for years, I kind of really just stepped in and took over doing things that I had really done,” Brown said.
At a City Council meeting Monday, the Mayor and council unanimously appointed her as the official city clerk.
“Very smooth transition. Because she has a background in that…actually having retired from Lincolnton as the County Clerk,” said Mayor Gary Jones.
She served Lincoln County for 25 years.
“I’ve enjoyed it. Like I said, pretty much my whole adult life, this is what I’ve done,” Brown said. “So I feel really comfortable here, and I do appreciate the mayor and council giving me the opportunity to serve as the city clerk.”
Her appointment Monday night was met without issue. The whole process took less than thirty seconds.
“I think it’s sending a clear message to the people that we’re not bickering and fighting on the bench now…that we’re actually trying to move forward and get things done,” Mayor Jones said. “A lot of things happened earlier, and a lot of that was unpreventable, I think because of the nature of what did happen. But we are moving forward now.”
Capetillo is still under federal investigation, but when she announced her resignation in September, she did maintain her innocence. Her step-father Dennis Trudeau is still on the City Council, but he voted in favor of Brown’s appointment.