Centerville’s mayor, two councilmen sworn in to office

Telegraph correspondentJanuary 7, 2014 

CENTERVILLE -- Mayor John Harley and two city councilmen were sworn in for new terms during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Harley was sworn in for his second term as mayor after running unopposed in November. Post 1 Councilman Cameron Andrews also was unopposed in November and enters his fourth term, while incumbent Post 2 Councilman Randall Wright won a November race to serve in his seventh.

The officials expressed thanks to God, their families and Centerville residents for support and the opportunity to serve in the community. Each expressed a love for the city and appreciation for the good working relationships between city workers and other elected officials.

Houston County Superior Court Judge Edward Lukemire swore in Hartley and the two council members.

The council made or reaffirmed the following appointments for 2014: Councilman Jonathan Nichols will serve as mayor pro tem; Jeff Grube will serve as Municipal Court judge; Susan McNally and Fred Graham as Municipal Court judge pro tem; Clarence Williams as Municipal Court public defender; and Herb Wells as administrative law judge.

In other business Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to change the start time of its regular monthly work sessions on the third Tuesday of each month. The work sessions will now start at 5 p.m. They previously started at 5:30 p.m.

Also Tuesday, Centerville Police Chief Sidney Andrews told the council that $4,299 of confiscated federal drug money coming to the department has been used to buy a storage building for Centerville’s new law enforcement center. The building will house a motored cart owned by the department and will be a station for washing police vehicles.

Andrews said construction on the new law enforcement center is complete, and his department is waiting on furnishings to arrive before they can move in. He said the department probably will make the move in mid-to-late February.

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