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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • City official steps down

  • Capping off an eventful evening at Tuckerman's City Council meeting,
    City Clerk/Treasurer Joyce Hembry announced her resignation effective
    November 21, 2012.
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  • The council, unsure who would be her replacement, discussed several
    courses of action before voting to appoint a temporary treasurer.
    The temporary treasurer would handle only the treasurer duties until
    the council found a suitable replacement to finsh Hembry's term as
    clerk/treasurer.
    "They (whomever is appointed) would fufill her (Hembry's) term and
    would have to run for re-election," explained Mayor Larry Bowen.
    The office of City Clerk is an elected position, however, it is within
    the rights of the council to appoint a replacement until the current
    term ends.
    The treasurer, whose responsibilities are typically combined with the
    duties of the elected clerk, is a paid position no different than any
    other city employee.
    Alderman Chuck Fortenberry rounded out the discussion with what could be his last suggestion as a member of the coucil.
    "When we elect a new clerk they're going to have to be a resident of
    the City of Tuckerman and I would hope when we appoint somebody for a
    short time they would be a resident of the City of Tuckerman. I hope
    that the next time anybody is hired that draws a city check, they have
    to have a water bill and a sewer bill that they pay at the City of
    Tuckerman. I don't like the idea of somebody drawing a check from
    Tuckerman, living somewhere else, and not paying a water and sewer
    bill."
    Several audience members agreed.

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