Jean Nelson named new Thorsby mayor (updated)By Stephen Dawkins Published 6:58pm Monday, November 5, 2012
“Mayor Hilyer will never be forgotten,” Nelson said, holding back tears, from behind a podium in the middle of a large room at the dimly-lit chapel. “He has left a moral compass that will shine in our town forever.”
In other business, the council:
•Appointed Benson as the mayor pro tempore. Benson was nominated by Marcus.
•Declared a vacancy for Nelson’s former seat. The council is tasked with finding a replacement within 60 days. They could do so as soon as the next meeting.
•Re-hired all the town’s department heads.
•Allowed Police Chief Rodney Barnett to hire a part-time officer to cope with the absence of two regular officers. One will be out of work because of surgery, while the other is taking a planned vacation.
•Passed an ordinance establishing procedural rules for the new council.