Rhodes no longer Taylorsville mayor
by By Jessica Loeding
Jul 23, 2012 | 1839 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Jessica Loeding


The town of Taylorsville -- population 211 -- no longer has a mayor.

Bartow County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk confirmed Monday that former Mayor Cary Rhodes was no longer in that position.

Rhodes was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigations agents in October 2011, when he believed he was going to meet a minor he had met online for sexual purposes.

In May, Rhodes pleaded guilty to computer and electronic child exploitation. He was sentenced to two years in prison in Murray County Superior Court in June.

In addition to serving two years in prison, Rhodes also was sentenced to 10 years of probation, 240 hours of community service and a fine of $2,000 plus court fees and surcharges, according to the Murray County Superior Court Clerk's Office.

Rhodes also pleaded on the First Offender Act, which, if approved by the Georgia Crime Information Center, would erase the felony charge from his record after the two years served and 10 years of probation have ended.

City Attorney Boyd Pettit said an election will be held -- with notices planned to go out in both Bartow and Polk counties within the next week -- to fill the seat.

"My plan is to meet with the council members and request a special election date of Nov. 6 be held to fill the remainder of the term," he said.

Pettit said the three-person council -- the mayor and two council seats -- is elected to a four-year term simultaneously, with all three having been elected last fall.