Posey begins third term as mayor
by James Phillips
Nov 06, 2012 | 1761 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey takes his oath of office from Walker County Circuit Judge Hoytt Elliott Monday during an inaugural ceremony at the Memorial Park Natatorium. – Photo by: James Phillips.
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey takes his oath of office from Walker County Circuit Judge Hoytt Elliott Monday during an inaugural ceremony at the Memorial Park Natatorium. – Photo by: James Phillips.
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A room full of area residents turned out Monday to support Jasper’s mayor and city council during an inaugural ceremony at the Memorial Park Natatorium.

Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey took his oath of office from Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott. Posey was elected to his third term as mayor in August.

“It is a pleasure for me be here once again,” Posey said. “I appreciate the opportunity once again to serve as mayor and do really look forward to the next four years.”

During the ceremony, three council members were sworn in for their first terms. Jed Daniel, Danny Gambrell and Jennifer Smith were all led in their oaths by Circuit Judge Doug Farris.

Circuit Judge Jerry Selman led the oaths of re-elected council members Gary Cowen and Sandi Sudduth.

Cowen said serving his district and the entire city is a privilege.

“This is a duty I take seriously because I truly love this city, and I am proud to call this city my home,” he said.

Sudduth said she is blessed to be able to serve another term.

“This is a service, and I am honored to do that service for another four years,” she said.

Before delivering the oaths, Selman said he is constantly impressed by those who serve on Jasper’s city council.

“I’ve been so impressed over the years with the quality of people who have run for office and, to the credit of the community, the quality of the people you have elected to hold these offices,” Selman said.

After Monday’s ceremony, the newly-elected council held its first meeting. City Clerk Kathy Chambless led the meeting until a council president was decided. Council members voted to evenly split the four year-term and have each member serve as president for a little more than nine months. Sudduth was unanimously voted as council president, and Cowen was voted as president pro-tem.

The council’s next meeting is scheduled for today at 10 a.m. in the group’s meeting chambers on the second floor of Jasper City Hall. Council members are expected to consider approval of economic incentives for Full Moon Barbecue, according to a tentative agenda.