It's official!

Dayton City Judge Andy Tucker, right, swears-in new Dayton City Recorder Michelle Horton during a ceremony at the Dayton Municipal Building on Monday.

New Dayton City Recorder Michelle Horton was sworn-in during a ceremony at the Dayton Municipal Building on Monday.

Horton was sworn-in by Dayton City Judge Andy Tucker, and fills the vacancy left by current city manager Tom Solomon who was promoted to his current position earlier this year. Solomon replaced former city manager Frank Welch after he announced his retirement in 2015.

Most recently, Horton served as Meigs County finance director since January 2015. Meigs County Mayor Bill James was in attendance at Monday’s ceremony and said that Horton will be missed.

“We hate to lose her,” James said. “But our loss is Dayton’s gain.”

Horton is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer [CMFO], as designated by the Municipal Technical Assistance Service [MTAS]. She is a graduate of Rhea County High School, Chattanooga State Community College and MTAS’ Municipal Management Academy.

“We’re glad to have her on our team,” Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen said. “I think she’ll be a great addition and will serve the citizens of Dayton very well.”

Horton’s duties will include managing the city’s finances as well as overseeing issues related to bookkeeping and insurance.

“The main thing she’ll do is keeping minutes and records from city meetings,” Solomon said. “But since Dayton is smaller than most towns, she’ll also have additional duties such as serving as the city’s finance director.”

Horton was removed as Graysville city recorder in May 2014 — a position she had held since 2005 — after she informed the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that the city’s police chief had stolen nearly $4,000. The Graysville Board of Mayor and Commissioners removed Horton from her position in a 3-2 vote.

Reed Johnson can be contacted at reed.johnson@rheaheraldnews.com.