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|New Abingdon Mayor's Aldermanic Appointment Draws Opposition
|Six new Abingdon City Council members took their seats, but not without opposition to one of the new mayor's appointments.
Outgoing Mayor Steve Darmer during Monday night's meeting administered the oath of office to City Clerk Sheila Day, who was successful in her re-election bid.
Day followed by swearing in the four new aldermen who won four-year terms, city treasurer Jimmy Davis, and Roger Stegall, who officially became the city's mayor.
Stegall told a full house that he hopes the big crowds continue attending city council meetings, and that his door is always open.
"I want you to know as mayor I want to be the people's mayor. I'm very interested in what the people have to say and their ideas, and I'm going to need their help along the way."
Stegall got down to business by recommending Cathy Lagnese and Ron Stambaugh to fill the two remaining two-year vacancies in wards three and four. The city council initially voted on the two appointments together and split 3-3. Stambaugh was approved 6-0 and Lagnese 4-3 when the votes were taken separately. Stambaugh's "yes" vote to appoint Lagnese was the difference. Aldermen Myron Hovind and Ronnie Steele, and returning alderman Jason Johnson, all voted against her appointment prior to Stambaugh's affirmative.
Stegall says the city council committees will be appointed at the May 18th meeting.
Along with Ward 3 alderman Jason Johnson, Ward 4 alderman Dean Edmonson is back on the city council after previously serving in 2007. They join newcomers Shane Peterson in Ward 1 and Diane Johnson in Ward 2.
A large crowd gathers at Abingdon City Hall for Monday night's city council meeting
New Abingdon Mayor Roger Stegall takes the oath of office from City Clerk Sheila Day
New Ward 2 Alderwoman Diane Johnson is sworn into office
Clerk Sheila Day swears in appointed Ward 4 Alderman Ron Stambaugh
(Story and photos by WGIL's Mike Perry)
|05 05 09 by Newsroom
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