Split vote decides city posts

Staff Writer

As is with all new terms of city council, four-year appointments is one of the first acts of business, but this year Grenada leaders were somewhat at odds.

City Attorney
With a 4-3 vote, the Grenada City Council voted to reappoint Mary Brown as city attorney.  Brown has served as city attorney since 1999.
In executive session, Ward Four City Councilman Michael Smith nominated Brown while Ward One Councilman Warren Cox nominated attorney Adam Kirk.
Smith was joined by Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson, Ward Two Councilman Pete Wilson and Ward Five Councilman Eric Harris voted in favor of Brown’s nomination.
Cox was joined by Ward Six Councilman Larry Vance and Ward Seven Councilman Ronnie Merriman opposed.

City Judge
A split vote also landed Jimmy Vance as the new city judge.
City Councilman Larry Vance nominated Rusty Harlow as city judge, and Wilson nominated Vance.
Wilson, Johnson, Harris and Smith voted in favor of Vance and the vote passed 4-3. Larry Vance, Cox and Merriman voted against.
On a 4-3 vote, the city council voted Carlos Moore as pro tem city judge, to serve in Vance’s absence.
Wilson, Johnson, Harris and Smith voted in favor of Moore, while Larry Vance, Cox and Merriman voted in favor of Jimmy Tallant.

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