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The new Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen gathered Tuesday evening for an organizational meeting.
After first certifying election results from Nov. 6 and then conducting swearing-in ceremonies, the new board kept with tradition, electing Gwen Shelton, the top vote getter in the aldermanic election, as vice mayor.
Also sworn in as aldermen during the meeting were incumbent Danny Bryant and newcomer Michael Whisenant.
Additionally, new members of the Fayetteville Board of Education were also sworn in – they were incumbents Joyce Eady, who was the top vote getter in Nov. 6 school board elections, and Alice Palacio, as well as newcomer Sarah Raby.
A number of committee appointments were also made during Tuesday’s organizational meeting of the new City Board.
The appointments included Shelton to the Recreation Board; Whisenant and Bryant and Mayor John Ed Underwood to the Beer Board; Bryant to the Board of Education; Whisenant to the Fayetteville Public Utilities Board; Alderman Dorothy Small to the Planning Committee and the Chamber of Commerce Board; Whisenant to the Main Street Board; Shelton and Small to the Cable TV Board;
Alderman Marty Pepper, Bryant and Whisenant to the Industrial Oversight Board; Pepper, Shelton, and Underwood to the Police and Fire Committee; Alderman Tom Young, Small and Underwood to the Public Works Committee; Bryant, Whisenant and Underwood to the Finance Committee; and Bryant to the Library Board.
Additionally, the board voted to continue on with Rhea Thompson serving as city judge, John Hill as city attorney, and Tonya Steelman as assistant city clerk.
Each of the elected officials also voiced their appreciation to supporters, adding that they look forward to their service on the board and addressing the challenges ahead.