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Council members to select new alderman

Mulberry City Council members will choose a new alderman to fill the Ward 1 Position 1 seat during the next regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 18.

Jeff Brown formally resigned from the position after moving with his family to Del City, Okla., for work, said Mayor Gary Baxter. Council members accepted his resignation during their meeting Tuesday night.

Baxter suggested to council members that a notice be put out to residents regarding the open position, and a special council meeting held Feb. 4 to interview interested parties, according to the unapproved minutes from the Jan. 21 meeting.

Baxter also suggested a vote be held at the special meeting to decide on the new alderman, according to the minutes.

After discussion, council members decided to forgo the special meeting and discuss the issue at the Feb. 18 meeting, during which the new alderman would be decided and appointed, the minutes state.

“[The council] did not want to go through that process,” Baxter said. “It’s my impression that they already have an idea of who they want to fill the position.”

While Baxter said he’s not sure who that person may be, resident Shelia Chastain told council members during the public section of the meeting that she was interested in the vacancy, the minutes state.

Brown, a long-time resident of the city, also resigned from the Mulberry Fire Department and Sports Board, Baxter said.

“We hate to see him go,” Baxter said. “He’s been very active in the community - he’s worked very hard with programs through the school and the Little League program as well as serving on the council.”

Baxter added that though Brown leaving will be a loss for the community, he is glad to see him succeed in his career.

During the meeting Tuesday night, Baxter also noted that residents should possibly refrain from burning during the current windy, dry weather.

Though Crawford County is not under a burn ban, many surrounding counties, including Franklin - of which a portion of Mulberry’s school district is a part - are.

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