Retiring Alderman William “Ed” May was honored with a reception and a proclamation Monday evening, citing his 22 years on the White Hall City Council.
Mayor Noel Foster said May will be long remembered for telling city employees and officials to always run municipal government “like a business.”
May was elected to the council in 1990, defeating James “Jitters” Morgan, who served 16 years as mayor after his loss to May.
May, 85, said he decided not to seek re-election because of health concerns.
He said he moved to White Hall in 1957, going to work for the Pine Bluff Arsenal as a locksmith, and retiring after 35 years. Following his civilian service at the arsenal, May said he “was looking for something to keep me busy” and decided to run for the council.
He admitted to contacting Morgan before completing his first term as an alderman and encouraging him to file for mayor, noting some friction existed between the then mayor and council.
His biggest accomplish as an alderman, May told a reporter, “was keeping peace in the family (city hall). I believe I did.”
One man at the reception told May he made a good alderman “because you cared for people.”
May’s said he plans to attend the December council meeting to finish the job he started.
His dedication to the city was marked with his name on a plaque affixed to a White Hall fire truck, Foster said.