WILLIAMSON – The Williamson City Council appointed local attorney Robert Carlton as Mayor, Josh Ferrell as City Attorney and Tammy Mosley as City Clerk Assistant at a meeting held Thursday evening, Sept. 25, at the City Council Chambers.
The vacancies were a result of resignations submitted at a City Council meeting held on Aug. 27.
The decision to appoint Carlton, Ferrell and Mosley was announced following an executive session to discuss personnel matters.
Councilman, York Smith made the motion to appoint Carlton as Williamson Mayor. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Judy Hamrick. The appointment of Carlton as Mayor was approved by a vote of 2 to 1, with Councilwoman Sherry Hairston- Brown opposed.
During discussion, Hairston- Brown made the following remarks.
“I would like to say I did not have a choice in this. There were only two (council members) that went to talk to Robert (Carlton). They had already made up in their mind that is what they wanted to do. I wanted to have Ricky Wilkerson as mayor because he had eight years’ experience as City Council, eight years at ARH and he had experience. We already had a lawyer here that was a mayor that was mean to the citizens of this city. Yet, they wanted to put another lawyer here. Of course, I believe the reason why they didn’t want Ricky Wilkerson up here is because he is a black man. I believe that is the reason why. I don’t think Robert Carlton suits the bill. Robert Carlton has never darted this door (council chambers). Let’s put a people person here. That is what should have been done. They (the council) didn’t want to do that,” Hairston-Brown said.
Councilman Matthew Newsome also made remarks.
Newsome said “I have made it known publicly that what I would like to do is have a special election. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, we cannot. We would have to spend roughly $20,000 dollars to have a special election.”
The appointment of Ferrell and Mosley was a unanimous decision.
Josh Ferrell was in attendance at the meeting and made remarks concerning his appointment as City Attorney. “I appreciate the confidence of everybody. I look forward to working with everybody and working hard. I think this city can get straightened back out and be great again,” Ferrell said.
At the end of the meeting, the council members made their closing remarks.
Councilman York Smith said, “I am glad to see more people coming out. I picked Robert Carlton because he is qualified. He is a good man and has good manners about him.”
Carlton and Ferrell were sworn in on Friday afternoon in a special ceremony at City Hall. (An interview and background story on Carlton will appear this coming week in the Williamson Daily News.)
Carlton will serve until the next city election which will be in May of 2017. He replaces Steve Knopp, who recently resigned because of health reasons. Knopp had been appointed to take the place of Darrin McCormick, who had resigned.
The next Williamson City Council meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:00 p.m.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)