Council shuffles seats
Posted by : August 17, 2013| On :
The Monitor Correspondent
TOOL–The Tool City Council appointed a new mayor and mayor pro tem, and it seated a new member at a special meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Pro Tem A. J. “Red” Phillips was appointed to be the mayor for the remainder of the unexpired term of former mayor Leland Pitts ,who resigned in April. Council member Nathan Reeder was appointed as mayor pro tem.
Michelle Ellis was appointed to fill the vacant council member seat for the remainder of the unexpired term that resulted from Pitts’ resignation. Reeder nominated Ellis for the council seat.
The council also accepted the resignation of member Nelson Wright, which left yet another council seat to be filled. The council set a special workshop meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 to fill that seat.
The council will hold a regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22, but the workshop could not be scheduled for it because agendas must be posted 72 hours prior to the meeting being held.
After the council finished making the appointments, municipal judge Rhonda Peterson conducted a swearing in ceremony for the new appointees.
Ellis, who has a background in customer service and accounting, has been a resident of Tool for 21 years. She said that she wanted to join the council to contribute to the city’s development.
“I’ve been here long enough that I want to see the community grow,” Ellis said. “I want to help bring in new business.”
Other existing members continuing to serve on the council are Fran Sonka and Rick Williams.
The next regularly scheduled election will be in November.