Mexico Beach city council appoints new member

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

In December, Mexico Beach councilman Lanny Howell announced that he would be resigning his Group 2 position effective Jan. 1.

During a special meeting last week, the council appointed Gary Woodham to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of Howell’s term.

Woodham, a previous council member who served on the council from May 2005 through June 2012, has five months in the chair until the seat is up for re-election and a one-year term.

In 2015, the seat will be back on the ballot for its normal two-year term.

Other applicants for the position included Bill McGlothlin, Tom Bailey, Diana Epple, Al Wilson and Jim McKenna.

Also in consideration were Jeff Tendler, who ran against Howell in April’s municipal election, and Mary Blackburn, who ran against Group 3 councilman Jack Mullen.

To streamline the voting process last week, Mayor Al Cathey suggested that each council member share their number one choice for the position, but allowed the public to speak prior voicing their selections.



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