By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
City leaders approved the hiring a new deputy clerk during a recessed meeting last week.
The Eupora Board of Aldermen voted Oct. 24 to offer the full-time deputy clerk position to Kimberly Burgess, who accepted and began work Monday. Her hourly pay will increase 50 cents after a 90-day probationary period.
Her hiring was approved after the mayor, board members and City Clerk Gail Newton met in executive session about 15 minutes. Burgess replaces Tanisha P. Hankins, who worked part time and resigned without notice two months ago.
Before going into closed session for the personnel matter, Mayor Dan Burchfield said six of the applicants for the advertised position were interviewed and given a four-part test. He and Newton then recommended the top three to the board for consideration.
Additionally, the board voted to:
• sponsor the establishment of memorial funds for fallen police officer Keith Crenshaw (see related article).
• amend a grant-loan application for a new fire truck to request $49,000 instead of $87,500 from USDA Rural Development.
• proceed with the pre-application for a Federal Aviation Administration grant to resurface Airport Road from Highway 182 to West Airport Road. The grant requires a 25 percent match.
• apply to USDA Rural Development for a new police vehicle.
Robert Gibbs (Ward 4) was absent. The board’s next regular meeting is 6 p.m. Monday.