Freddie Taylor named city’s mayor
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Councilman Freddie Taylor takes the oath of office after being selected to serve as mayor of Sulphur Springs.

June 7, 2006 - Before moving to their agenda Tuesday night, Sulphur Springs City Council members paused to give special recognition to outgoing member Joe Crouch, who did not seek re-election to his council seat this year after moving to a new home outside the city limits.

Mayor Clay Walker, in presenting Crouch with a plaque of appreciation, spoke for the council in thanking him for his years of dedication and service to the city.

Crouch said he enjoyed his terms on the City Council and said he would have sought another term had he not moved outside the city limits.

For Walker, the presentation to the departing council member was his last official action as mayor of the city.

Council member Freddie Taylor, who served as mayor pro tem under Walker, was selected to step up to the mayor's post and serve in that position for the next year.

In a unanimous vote, council members elected Place 6 Council member Yolanda Williams to serve as mayor pro tem for the city.

Following the selections, City Secretary Gale Roberts administered the oath of office to the new officers and to newly-elected council member Oscar Aguilar, who will fill the seat vacated by Joe Crouch, and to returning council member Clay Walker.

Place 1 Council Member Garry Jordan, who was also re-elected to a new term, was unable to attend the meeting and will take the oath of office at the next council meeting.

As a part of the annual reorganization, council members were also asked to confirm appointments to a number of boards and commissions.

Named to represent the city on Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation were Gene Watson, Carl Bryan, Bobby Gillis and Clay Walker.

David Watson and Joel Sheffield were named to the Zoning Board of Adjustment,  with Gary Stokes and Claude Walters selected as alternates to the board.

Other appointments included:

  • Airport Advisory Board: Mark Meadows, Terry Brewer and Scott Sarine.
  • Sulphur River Municipal Water District: Bob Weaver.
  • Library Board: Dot Pelton and Monica Hasley.
  • Board of Tourism and Promotion: Lucy McCorckle, Dana Cleaver and Sandi Wallace.
  • Parks and Recreation Commission: Lonnie Fox, David McCaig and Bryan Vaughn.
  • Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals: Wayne Cooper and Scott Tubb. Rodney Wilcox and Bernard Vaughn will serve as alternates.
  • Planning and Zoning Commission: Bryan Baier, Pam Clayton and Gina Snyder.
  • Senior Citizens Activity Board: Clayton McGraw and Dorothy Jo Thomas.
  • Ark-Tex Council of Governments; Oscar Aguilar.
  • South Sulphur Regional Development Association: Deborah Wright.
  • Downtown Revitalization Board: G.V. Hughes, Sara Gibson, Roy Pelton, Janet Hamner and Priscilla Massey.

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