White Hall and Redfield municipal officials elected in November will take their oaths of office in separate ceremonies New Year’s Day ceremonies.
Six aldermen will be sworn in at 10 a.m. Tuesday at White Hall City Hall with Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt officiating. Redfield’s city recorder and treasurer, Rita Jackson, who defeated an opponent to win a third four-year term, and six aldermen will take their oaths at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall before District Court Judge Kim Bridgforth.
White Hall Mayor Noel has two-years remaining on his first four-year term, and Ellen Welch, White Hall’s city clerk and treasurer, has two-years remaining on her term. Redfield’s Tony Lawhon has served two of the four-years on his first term as mayor.
Taking the oaths for two-year terms on the White Hall City Council will be Andy Lunsford, Ward 1, Position 1; Ken Smith, Ward 1, Position 2; Scotty Ray, Ward 2, Position 1; Dean Dancer, Ward 2, Position 2; David Beck, Ward 3, Position 1; and Joel Foster, Ward 3, Position 2.
Dancer, a member of the White Hall School Board, will succeed retiring Alderman William “Ed” May, who has served on the council for 22 years. May, 85, elected not to seek re-election because of health issues. The remaining five aldermen did not draw opponents.
Two incumbent Redfield aldermen were re-elected, two were denied re-election and two incumbents did not seek re-election.
John Jones Jr., the longest serving member of the council, and Barbara Werner, the Ward 3, Position 1, representative, did not to seek re-election.
Taking the oaths as aldermen will be Glen Flemmons, who defeated an incumbent to win the Ward 1, Position 1, council seat; Carol Eagle, who succeeds Jones in the Ward 1, Position 2, seat; incumbent Alderman Sandra G. Garrett, who switched positions and defeated Brenda Carmical, to win the Ward 2, Position 1, council post; Larry O’Briant will occupy Garrett’s open Ward 2, Position 2, seat on the council; Diann Smith, who won the post held by Werner; and incumbent Alderman Darrell Hedden who defeated an opponent to retain his Ward 3, Position 2, council seat.