(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
After receiving the election results from City Clark Carroll Couch, council members accepted the results and Carroll swore officials into office, beginning with James A. "Jim" Terrell for Ward 2; repeating the process for David H. Teachout in Ward 3 and then once again with Michael Marshall for the office of mayor.
With the new council members sworn in and in place, the Council's next business for the reorganizational meeting was to nominate, elect and swear in Councilman Michael Harris as mayor pro tem.
The council finished by filling various appointments on city boards and commissions.
Council members Jerry Pullen and Sue Rogers were appointed to represent the Council on the Planning and Zoning Commission; Pullen was chose as the Council's representative for the Board of Municipal Utilities Commission; and Councilman Phil Boyer will represent the Council on the Department of Economic Development Board.
Representing the Council on the Sikeston/Miner Tourism Commission will be Teachout; and Terrell, Rogers and Harris will fill the three Council seats on the Professional Consulting Committee.
"It's a great honor to serve as Sikeston's first elected mayor," said Marshall during closing remarks. Noting the Council's diversity and independent thinkers, he added "that's what the Charter intended, that's what the people wanted."
Citing their "great leadership" while serving in the office, Marshall finished by presenting former mayors Boyer and Pullen with plaques.