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Jean Nelson named new Thorsby mayor (updated)

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.

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