It took Skidmore, 57, of 103 W. Lakeshore Drive, four rounds of voting by city commissioners to win the majority of five votes he needed for election to the seat on the nine-member panel.
Four candidates sought the post, left empty after Jerry Bryant died on March 5.
Those four commission candidates included Skidmore, a partner with North Georgia Lift Truck Service; Ira Levy, a paper broker, age 59, of 5 Old Shorter Hill; the Rev. Terrell Shields, a pastor, age 47, of 1 Luminosa Terrace; and Martha Bryant, owner of Bryant and Garrett Travel, of 4 Windemere Lane, and the widow of Jerry Bryant.
“I truly want to be a part of the future of this city,” Skidmore said. “I hope to be a contributor.”
City Commission candidates addressed the commission and answered questions during the first part of the meeting.
Skidmore drew two votes in the first round of voting and his support grew steadily in subsequent rounds.
In the first round of voting: Commissioners Jamie Doss, George Griffin and Ronnie Wallace voted for Bryant; Commissioners Buzz Wachsteter and Bill Collins voted for Levy; Commissioner Napoleon Fielder voted for Shields; and Commissioners Bill Fricks and George Pullen voted for Skidmore.
In the second round: Wallace, Griffin and Fielder voted for Bryant; Collins voted for Levy; and Wachsteter, Fricks, Pullen and Doss voted for Skidmore.
During the third round: Doss and Griffin voted for Bryant; Collins voted for Levy; Fielder voted for Shields; and Wachsteter, Fricks, Pullen and Wallace voted for Skidmore.
During the fourth round: Fielder and Griffin voted for Bryant; Collins voted for Shields; and Wachsteter, Fricks, Pullen, Wallace and Doss voted for Skidmore.
Skidmore will be sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Walter J. Matthews at the beginning of Monday’s regular commission meeting at 7 p.m. at Rome City Hall.
Skidmore’s commission seat would expire on Dec. 31, 2003, and would be up for election for a full term in November 2003