Friends, family celebrate longtime service of retiring Sylvania Mayor

Friends, family celebrate longtime service of retiring Sylvania Mayor

SYLVANIA, GA (WTOC) - People in Sylvania took time Thursday night to mark what will be the end of an era.

Not even a power outage could keep people from a reception for retiring Mayor Margaret Evans. She's served a combined 34 years as mayor and as a council member. Friends shared pictures Thursday night as people came from far and wide to thank her for her sacrifice and work.

"When I was sworn in, I pledged to protect the safety, health, welfare of the people and I really tried to do that," said Mayor Evans.

The mayor's term ends on Dec. 31st. The new mayor, Preston Dees, takes office in January.

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