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Grovetown councilman dies

Monday, June 16, 2014 11:13 AM
Last updated 6:36 PM
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Grovetown City Councilman Dale Stoddard died early Monday.

Dale Stoddard  Grovetown city photo
Grovetown city photo
Dale Stoddard

After concerned friends and relatives weren’t able to reach Stoddard, 64, during the weekend, the Grovetown Department of Public Safety received several calls. Officers went to his Williams Street home early Monday and had to break in, according to Chief Gary Owens. They found Stoddard dead.

“He’ll be missed on the council, no doubt,” Mayor George James said.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said that Stoddard had some medical issues and that his death was caused by hypertensive cardiovascular disease complicated by his Type 2 diabetes. No foul play is suspected.

Stoddard retired from the Clearwater Police Department in Clearwater, Fla., and was elected to the city council in 2011. He served two years on the council alongside his brother, Bruce.

“Dale, he did some research, checked on some things,” James said. “He brought a different outlook to the table. That’s what you want.”

Stoddard’s term ends in December 2015. Because more than a year remains of his term, a special election must be held to fill the the remainder of Stoddard’s term, City Manager Shirley Beasley said.

The election hasn’t been scheduled but could be part of the Nov. 4 general election.

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jbartley 06/16/14 - 11:30 am

A very nice community spirited man and he will be missed!

IBeDogGone 06/16/14 - 12:18 pm
That's Quick

Sympathy with for the family, this is the fastest decision about a special election I have ever know.

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