CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council appointed former city magistrate and court clerk Cindy Killingsworth and retired truck driver Robert Warren to seats on the council Monday night.
The votes for the new council members, taken early in the meeting, was 4-0, including Mayor Mark Chambers. Aside from the two empty seats during the vote at the start of the meeting, District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers was absent.
Chambers said Killingsworth and Warren were the only persons to apply to fill the seats, and put their names up for individual votes. The vote was held without discussion. The council members were then individually sworn in by City Clerk Nanette Brown, receiving applause afterward as they took their seats.
Killingsworth will take the seat held by McClain Burrough in District 1, and Warrent will take the seat held by Chandler Gann in District 4. Both councilmen recently resigned. Although they gave no reasons, they were both critical of online comments made by Mark Chambers that have caused recent protests and had asked the mayor to resign. Chambers has indicated he will not resign.
The new appointments mean that the mayor and two council members, Clarence Colbert in District 2 and April Kennedy Herron in District 3, are the last elected officials left from the 2016 election, due to resignations.
Warren, 50, said after the meeting he was born and raised in Carbon Hill. "I've been in Carbon Hill all my life," he said.
He said he was a truck driver who once worked for Boren Explosives, but retired five years ago. He and his wife Lisa have two twin 15-year-old daughters.
"I'm just trying to make Carbon Hill as good as it used to be when I was growning up. When I was growing up this was the place to be. I just want to see it back where it was," he said.
Killingsworth, 62, said after the meeting she is the oldest daughter of the late Carbon Hill Councilman Joe Killingsworth, who served on the council for 17 years. She noted her father would be pleased. "He would be surprised, but he would be pleased."
"I told mother, 'He's up there just a-stomping and a-shouting,'" she said.
She is retired, noting at one time she was the city's magistrate and court clerk. "I was a homemaker for a while, and I took care of Daddy until his passing," she said.
Killingsworth has three grown children.
Asked what she wanted to do for the city as projects or goals, she said simply, "Promote peace."