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Mayor Joe Slaton


Joe Slaton is a retired architect who has volunteered on local projects such as the Town’s public restrooms and the restoration of the 1888 Courthouse into an event center.

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Harry Baughn

Town Council

Harry Baughn- retired after 30 years as VP of Marketing/Manufacturing for Industrial Opportunities Inc. He served two terms as Mayor. Married with one daughter in PA.


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Suzanne Hedden

Town Clerk and Finance Officer

Suzanne Hedden joined the Town team recently.  Stop in to Town Hall and say "hi"! 

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Austin Hedden

Town Council

Council member, Austin Hedden, has roots in Clay County which extend back several generations. He teaches science and math and is a soccer coach with Clay County Schools.

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Lauren Tiger

Town Council

Lauren Tiger is a Physical Therapist at Chatuge Regional Hospital. She also represents the 5th generation of Tigers working in Tiger’s Store and Chinquapins.

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Ron Wallace

Zoning Admin

Ron Wallace has served as Zoning Administrator since January 2022. 


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