Jack Dunn was chosen from a handful of applicants by council members Sandra Garrison, Terry Mason, James Pendley and James “Jimbo” Bray, Jr. — who also serves currently as the city’s interim mayor pro tem due to the absence of Mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson.
Richardson has yet to attend a meeting since he was arrested Sept. 19 on charges of sexual misconduct with city inmates.
During the last council meeting, two members turned in their resignations due to personal reasons. Dunn will be replacing District 2 council member Anthony Hammond. Council members went into executive session to discuss replacements for Districts 2 and 4, which led to Dunn’s appointment but left the District 4 seat open.
Members could not meet eye-to-eye on the decision to fill the District 4 seat.
Pendley made a motion to replace District 4 member Ken “Sarge” Blankensopp with Mark Chambers. A quorum was not reached, so members decided to table the decision until the next council meeting.
Pendley suggested allowing more time for applications to be sent in for the District 4 position; council members agreed to continue taking applications until 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
Dunn has lived in Carbon Hill for 22 years. He is originally from Georgia, but met his wife in Parrish in 1991 and moved to Carbon Hill shortly after.
“This is my town. I made it my town,” Dunn said. “... We’ve been through everything this little town has been through. When it was destroyed with the tornado in 2002, we had to rebuild like everybody else. There’s a lot of improvements to be made.”
He gave no comment when asked about Richardson, but he hopes to make a difference in the city and represent the people of District 2 well.
“I just want to try to make an impact along with the rest of the council,” Dunn said.
In other business, the council:
•hired Josh Lucas as a full-time police officer. He will be replacing officer Josh McGuire, who will be deployed soon with the National Guard.
•approved $20,000 to be transferred from the alcohol fund into the general fund to help the city pay taxes, utility bills, city payroll, insurance, etc. Currently, the city is two to three months behind on some of its payments, but City Clerk Janice Pendley said they should be “caught up” soon.
•council members approved Anita Wood to replace Richardson on the Carbon Hill Utility Board.
•heard from police chief Ron Colburn and Alan May of the street department.
•heard from Betty Sparks who commended Mason and the council on a job well done.
•announced Trunk or Treat to be held at the Carbon Hill Community Center on Oct. 31.