With only eight options, the Mexico Beach City Council will soon appoint its newest member.
During the council’s last pre-agenda meeting in early December, Lanny Howell made the announcement that he was resigning from his Group 2 seat, effective Jan. 1.
During the council’s following regular meeting, Mayor Al Cathey made a motion to hold a special meeting on Jan. 8 following the next scheduled pre-agenda workshop to meet with those who submitted a letter of interest.
The council could appoint their newest member at the same meeting.
Those in consideration, who will be appearing at the special meeting, include Gary Woodham, Bill McGlothlin, Tom Bailey, Diana Epple, Al Wilson and Jim McKenna.
Also in consideration will be Jeff Tendler, who ran against Howell in April’s municipal election and Mary Blackburn, who ran against Group 3 councilman Jack Mullen.
Woodham is a former councilmember and Epple retired earlier this year from the city’s EMS Department.
Previously, Tendler and Blackburn formed an alliance and built a platform for change and reform within the council and campaigned alongside one another in the months leading up to the election.
The incumbents won by a small margin during voting.