WILLIAMSON – The Williamson City Council held a regular meeting Thursday Sept. 10 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss pending personnel matters concerning recent vacancies.
Following an executive session to discuss personnel issues, the council approved a motion to appoint Councilwoman Judy Hamrick as Pro Tem Mayor with a vote of three in approval of the motion and two against.
According to uslegal.com, Pro tempore is a Latin phrase which means ‘for the time being’ in English. This phrase is often used to describe a person who acts as placeholder in the absence of a superior.
Once again a large contingent of concerned citizens attended the council meeting.
Ricky Wilkerson, former Williamson City Councilman, questioned the legalities of appointing Hamrick as Pro Tem Mayor at the meeting. “You don’t have a vacancy tonight,” Wilkerson said.
“You are supposed to have a special meeting,” Wilkerson continued.
Councilmen York Smith agreed with Wilkerson saying, “You’re right. We should have waited until Monday.”
Councilwoman Sherry Hairston-Brown made a motion to rescind the previous action. “I make a motion we rescind the motion to appoint Judy as Mayor Pro Tem,” Hairston-Brown said.
The decision created confusion among the citizens attending the meeting.
One citizen asked, “When he (Mayor Knopp) leaves tonight are we going to have a mayor or not?”
Hairston-Brown responded to the citizen saying, “We are going to have a special meeting to appoint.”
Hamrick agreed. “We are going to have a special meeting because you can’t take any action unless you have a special meeting,” Hamrick said.
A special meeting has been scheduled by the Williamson City Council for Monday, Sept. 14, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers to appoint a Mayor Pro Tem.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242,ext.2279.)