Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan Takes Office

Baldwin County Probate Court Judge Todd Blackwell administers the oath of office to Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan
Baldwin County Probate Court Judge Todd Blackwell administers the oath of office to Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan

The City of Milledgeville swore in its first female mayor Friday.

Mary Parham-Copelan took the oath of office in a ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

Roughly 150 people filled one block of East Hancock Street for a celebration that included a full choir, invocations by two pastors and a letter from US Representative John Lewis.

Mayor Parham-Copelan told attendees she looked forward to working with anyone interested in moving Milledgeville forward.

“As I’ve shared with so many—Unity—there’s power in the strength of unity. Together we can do all things. But divided, we can do nothing.”

Baldwin County Probate Court Judge Todd Blackwell administered the oath of office to Parham-Copelan and Aldermen Collinda Lee, Jeanette Walden, Denese Shinholster and Walter Reynolds. Councilmen Richard Mullins and Steve Chambers were not present for Friday’s ceremony.