New city board
goes to work
The first meeting of the new Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen was held July 2 in a packed boardroom at city hall.
A crowd estimated at close to 100 contained many who wanted to get a first glimpse of how this board and mayor will conduct city affairs. Other concerned citizens, those with business to bring up, and a large contingent of city employees were among the crowd.
Mayor Kelvin Buck made brief comments inviting the citizens to make themselves comfortable and feel welcome to attend board meetings regularly the next four years.
“The more we can get in, the better,” he said. “I’m just glad to be a part on behalf of the city. We are humbled by this opportunity.”
Buck launched straight into some important statutory appointments and three individuals were sworn in.
City clerk Belinda McDonald was retained by unanimous vote of the board, the first motion of this administration being made by Christy Owens and seconded by Mark Miller.
Former city attorney Ki Jones resigned his seat, having served 14 years in the boardroom and as municipal judge before that.
Buck presented Shirley Byers as his choice for Jones’ replacement. Byers was appointed by a unanimous vote of the board with the motion proffered by Sharon Gipson and seconded by Tim Liddy. Byers also serves as county prosecutor – an elected position in county government.
Liddy was later elected mayor pro tempore by the board of aldermen, a spot where he serves in the absence of the mayor. With that nomination, Liddy is the second highest ranking elected official in the administration. He held that position during his first term as alderman at large, completed four years ago.
Police chief William Hollowell was reappointed to his position by a unanimous vote of the board after Liddy motioned to accept the mayor’s choice for chief and Miller seconded.
Additional non-statutory appointments included the position of city judge and prosecuting attorney.
Buck recommended Amanda Smith be appointed to the position of municipal judge. The board approved a motion to appoint Smith, made by Liddy and seconded by Owens. The motion passed by four yeas and one abstention (Sharon Gipson). Gipson said she abstained believing she did not have enough information in hand for a decisive vote.
Smith, who was not in attendance at the meeting and was sworn in on Monday of this week, replaces municipal judge Eugene Brown Jr. He served as city attorney from July 3, 1989, to July 6, 1999. He was then appointed municipal judge replacing Ki Jones, who was appointed the same day to city attorney, according to city clerk Belinda McDonald.
The current city prosecutor, Amery Moore, was reappointed by recommendation of the mayor.
Owens made the motion to reappoint and Gipson seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
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