Aldermen Sworn Into Office, Council Acts on Once a Month Meetings

July 1, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Alderman Josh Miller Takes Oath of Office
Alderman Shawn Jacobs Takes Oath of Office
Alderman Danny Washer Takes Oath of Office
Mayor and Aldermen

The three recently elected Smithville Aldermen were sworn into office during Monday night's regular city council meeting.

City attorney Vester Parsley, Jr. administered the oath of office to Josh Miller, Shawn Jacobs, and Danny Washer.

The new city council is made up of Aldermen Miller, Jacobs, and Washer who will each serve a three year term and Tim Stribling and Jason Murphy, whose terms expire next year. The mayor is Jimmy W. Poss and his term expires next year. The city election in 2014 will be the first Thursday in August and a mayor and two aldermen will be elected, each to serve a four year term.

Mayor Poss reappointed Norris Colvert to a new six year term on the city planning commission as a citizen member. John Robert Nixon was reappointed as a citizen member to a new four year term on the Smithville Electric System board of directors. Faron Hendrix was reappointed as a citizen member to a new five year term on the city beer board. The appointments were approved by the aldermen.

Mayor Poss also appointed the aldermen to be commissioners of the following city departments.

Tim Stribling: Vice Mayor and Water and Sewer Commissioner
Josh Miller: Sanitation Commissioner
Shawn Jacobs: Streets and Safety Commissioner
Jason Murphy: Finance and Taxation Commissioner
Danny Washer: Police and Fire Department Commissioner

The aldermen approved the appointments.

In other business, the aldermen adopted on first reading an ordinance to change the regular meeting dates of city council meetings to once a month, on the first Monday at 6:00 p.m. at city hall. The meetings are currently held twice a month on the first and third Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. Second and final reading will be held following a public hearing at the next meeting on Monday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. at city hall.

If the first Monday should fall on a holiday, the aldermen will meet on the second Monday of that particular month at 6:00 p.m. at city hall.

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