Mayor appoints department heads
The first meeting of 2021 brought a new mayor, one new alderman, a new Mayor Pro Tem and some new departmental assignments for the Town of Farmerville. Newly elected Mayor John Crow led his first meeting Monday, with new Alderman Kerry Hill claiming his seat for the recently retired Jerry Taylor.
The first item of business was to approve Ordinance No. 05-20 for the Claiborne Electric Franchise Renewal. That ordinance just changed the language in the existing ordinance, allowing Claiborne Electric to also provide high-speed Internet in the town. The agreement is for 25 years.
Next the council had to appoint a Mayor Pro Tem. Taylor had held that position for many of his 44 years on the council. Caroline Gatson was nominated and unanimously approved. The Mayor Pro Tem, elected by a vote of the Council, assumes all duties, powers and obligations of the office in the Mayor’s absence.
Then it was on to naming department heads. Mayor Crow had spent time since his election in November planning for these appointments. His department heads are as follows:
Finance – Robert Allen
Public Service – Ricky Johnikin
Public Safety and Police – Kerry Hill
Recreation – Caroline Gatson
Streets – Thomas Nation
“I think it all went well,” said Crow following the meeting. “Everyone seemed pleased with their assignments and now we’re ready to get to work.”
The council also approved Mike Walsworth as a consultant for the town at $1,000 per month.