Council names Yolanda Williams mayor

Aguilar chosen to serve as mayor pro tem; Taylor, Spraggins take oaths of office

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 6, 2007 - One of the City Council's newest members now holds Sulphur Springs' highest elected position.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Oscar Aguilar (left) congratulates Yolanda Williams as she prepares to take her seat as Sulphur Springs Mayor at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. At right is outgoing Mayor Freddie Taylor, who was earlier sworn in to serve a second term on the council. Aguilar was chosen to serve as mayor pro tem for the coming year.

Yolanda Williams, who was elected to the Place 6 City Council seat in 2005 and served as mayor pro tem for the past year, was the unanimous choice of her fellow council members Tuesday night to serve as Sulphur Springs mayor.

Her first act as mayor was to second Chris Brown's nomination of Oscar Aguilar as mayor pro tem. Aguilar was also voted in unanimously.

The choice for the two leadership positions came after the recently elected council members were sworn in. City Secretary Gale Roberts first administered the oath of office to outgoing Mayor Freddie Taylor, who was re-elected in May to a second term as Place 4 councilman. Council newcomer Gary Spraggins, who easily won a bid to take over the Place 5 seat of retiring councilman Larry Powers, then took the oath of office to begin his first three-year term.

Later in Tuesday's meeting, council members announced appointments to various city and area boards and commissions. They included:

n Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors — Tom Sellers and Clay Walker

n Zoning Board of Adjustment — Clayton McGraw, James Hulen, Claude Walters, Jonathan Cooper (alternate) and Gary Stokes (alternate)

n Airport Advisory Board — Mark McClendon, David Poskey and Kurt Sehnert

n Sulphur River Municipal Water District — G.V. Hughes

n Library Board — Connie Johnson and Gina Snyder

n Board of Tourism and Promotion — Bill Glover and Deborah Balkcom

n Parks and Recreation Commission — Kelly Wiser and Derek Sorely

n Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals — Rickey Payne, John Cooper, Jeff Redding and Jim Fry (alternate)

n Planning and Zoning Commission — Rita Edwards and John Sellers

n Senior Citizens Activity Board — L.B. Jordan, Larry Booker and Fred Dial

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