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Poss sworn in as Smithville mayor
Hendrixson presides over controversial last meeting
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City Attorney Vester Parsley swears in Mayor-elect Jimmy Poss in a special called meeting last week.
Jimmy Poss was sworn in as Smithville’s new mayor, and Tim Stribling and Jason Judd Murphy were sworn in as new aldermen at a special called meeting Friday at City Hall.Mayor Taft Hendrixson’s last meeting, however, was marked by a disagreement over the timing of an appointment to the Smithville Electric System Board.The agenda for the special called meeting stated that the purpose was to swear in the mayor and aldermen-elect and to make an appointment to the SES board.The position on the board has been held by Hilton Conger, who was appointed in September 2010 to fill an unexpired term, which expired June 30.Alderman Danny Washer made it clear that he was displeased with the inclusion of the appointment on the agenda for the special meeting Friday, saying that it was announced at a previous meeting that the swearing in of the mayor and aldermen would be the only business conducted."I remember exactly what was said,” Washer said at the meeting Friday, “It was for the sole purpose of swearing in of the mayor and aldermen. But you've added something to it,” Washer told Hendrixson.Washer also said he was displeased that he had only received the agenda for the special meeting hours before the meeting took place.“I got the agenda today in the mail. I have had no time to look at that or even consider it,” Washer said.“That's not doing us right.