KERMIT – Longtime Kermit Mayor Johnny Linville recently resigned, however he will remain on the town’s council. Linville cited health reasons for stepping down from his seat.
Council member Charles Sparks was promoted to serve as mayor after a special meeting by the Kermit Town Council. Sparks had been serving on the council for several years.
Linville was then appointed to fill Spark’s seat as a council member.
Linville had served as either mayor or councilman for five different decades. He first served as mayor back in 1979. After his first term, he did not run for reelection.
The longtime public servant didn’t run again until 1997, when he won a seat on the town’s council. Then he returned to the mayor’s chair and has served in that capacity until July 1 of this year.
He stated that he could not give the job 100 percent like he had in the past. “I’ve always enjoyed my time as mayor.” Linville said that Sparks was the logical choice to take over as mayor.
Sparks has served the town of Kermit for 22 years as a councilman. He has been filling in for Linville much of the last 12 months because of the former mayor’s illness.
“Johnny has been sick and I’ve tried to fill in,” Sparks said. “I tried to get him to stay on, but I understand.”
Sparks said it will be “business as usual” and he would just take things “day to day.”
He has been working with FEMA and Region II Development to replace water lines that were damaged by the March flooding. “We lost about ½ mile of our water line toward East Kermit. We are currently getting water from the Mingo County PSD.”
Sparks said the town needs about $400,000 to replace that main water line and he hopes the town can get some assistance.
Sparks said there is another election next year and he doesn’t plan on running for another term as mayor or town council.
“I would like to turn it over to a younger generation,” Sparks said.
“I have a good town council to work with,” he added. “We do the best we can with what we have.”
“I hated to see Johnny step down,” Sparks said of the longtime mayor.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)