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Linder Appointed To Fill Vacant Livingston Alderman Seat

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Linder Appointed To Fill Vacant Livingston Alderman Seat

Livingston Board of Aldermen has filled the seat left vacant by former Aldermen Chris Speck’s resignation.

Bill Linder previously served on the Board for two terms. He was the fourth highest vote getter during the most recent election, finishing just out of the three seats. .

“Bill I think represented this community with a great deal of respect and I think you were honorable when you served,” Alderman Kelly Coleman said. “Bill is very level-headed, he’s honest, he’s a straight shooter and he’ll call it the way he sees it.”

Linder was one of three community members considered to fill the role. Arno Procter and Judy Smith wrote letters expressing their desires to serve.

Coleman said it is stated in the charter and was advised by former City Attorney John Meadows that the Board fills the seat without a community vote. Vice Mayor Ken Dodson said the Board has filled a vacancy itself before. Linder was Speck’s recommendation to fill the role.

“In my time on here, we’ve done this twice once when Lynn King passed and we did follow the fourth place vote-getter option,” Dodson said. “And then when Mr. Bill Winningham resigned we honored his specific request. And we’ve got Chris Speck’s specific request and the fourth place vote-getter so I make the motion that we appoint Mr. Bill Linder to this position.”

Former Alderman Chris Speck resigned last month due to his relocation outside the city. Linder was sworn in by Mayor Curtis Hayes Monday night.


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