Council appoints Herron as mayor; Anderson resigns

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CARBON HILL  - The Carbon Hill City Council Wednesday night accepted the resignations of Mayor Mark Chambers and Mayor Pro Tem Greg Anderson, appointed Councilwoman April Kennedy Herron as mayor and then announced a search to replace three people on the six-seat council. 

The third seat is vacated by Robert Warren, the District 4 councilman who is being held in jail on a murder charge and has meetings since late February. Herron said after the meeting that the Alabama of League of Municipalities advised the city that day that Warren could have been replaced a month ago due to attendance regulations in state law. 

Herron, a District 3 councilman in her first term and who is still repairing her residence after the April 12 Easter tornado, is possibly the first woman to serve as mayor in the city. She joins a growing number of current female mayors in the county, in Sipsey, Eldridge and Parrish. 

She said she will be running for election to a full four-year term in August. The new term will begin in November.

She abstained in the 3-0 vote to name her mayor.

Wednesday's appointment is to fill the short remainder of the term for Chambers, who made headlines last year and again last weekend for controversial Facebook posts. The latest headlines were critical of the University of Alabama football team's online video giving support to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The remarks last weekend resulted in the developments being reported by the Associated Press, ESPN and the Washington Post, among others. 

Anderson's council resignation was not known until Wednesday afternoon, and was confirmed by being on the agenda to be accepted. 

As a result of Herron's appointment, her District 3 seat was vacated. The council voted that applications for her seat and Districts 4 and 6 would be accepted until July 10. The council will meet again on July 13. 

Without a mayor or pro temp, the council appointed District 2 Councilman Clarence Colbert to preside for the five-minute meeting. Colbert is now the only councilman elected in 2016 to remain in his seat, as the others beside Herron have all resigned. 

Herron answered a number of questions after the meeting from reporters. The Eagle will have more details in Friday's edition.