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Vote to keep city attorney passes by split 3-2 vote
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 16, 2014 | 1001 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gray Mayor Stephen Tingen (center) and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Barbee (l) took their seats at the city’s first meeting of the year Jan. 6.
Gray Mayor Stephen Tingen (center) and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Barbee (l) took their seats at the city’s first meeting of the year Jan. 6.
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If his first city council meeting presiding as mayor is any indication, Gray’s new top elected official is a man of few words.

Stephen Tingen was elected mayor of Gray Nov. 5 and was sworn in Dec. 2 along with the new Mayor Pro Tem Ed Barbee and the incumbent councilmen. His first meeting was Jan. 6, and from start to finish it took 10 minutes. And that included an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The agenda for the meeting was brief, with the biggest item being the reappointment of the city’s department heads and city attorney, as is customary at the first meeting of a council’s new term.

Tingen read the names of the department heads one by one, and council members moved to reappoint them and approved each in their turn, unanimously.

The only vote that was not unanimous was for City Attorney Joan Harris. Council member David Tufts made the motion for her to be reappointed, and Councilmen Benny Gray and Terrell Fulford voted to approve.

Councilman Terry Favors and Barbee voted in opposition to the attorney’s reappointment.

The first votes for the new board were the housekeeping items of approval of the previous meeting’s minutes and approval of accounts payable.

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