The appointment is likely to be on the agenda next Tuesday, when the council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
The seat was vacated last month when Bonnie Carter pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of bank fraud and money laundering. Carter stole almost $1 million over several years from her former employer, SouthFirst Bank in Sylacauga.
Alabama Code Section 36-9-2 says that when any person holding office in the state is convicted of a felony, “his office or place shall be vacated from the time of conviction.”
It’s the council’s responsibility to name Carter’s replacement, who will serve the remainder of a four-year term that started last year.
Those who have expressed an interest in serving are Charles Isbell, August Stewart, Imogene Porter, Angie Twymon, Charlie Woodruff, Gene Piatkowski and Billie Crawford.
Council members met in the absence of Mayor B.J. Meeks, who continues to recover from surgery earlier this month to remove stomach cancer.
Council President Jimmy Payne said he’s not pushing any one candidate, but “I don’t want any controversy” after an appointment is made, he said.
He also said candidates should be aware of the council’s meeting schedule and be willing to adjust their schedule accordingly to attend meetings.
The council usually meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., but each of this month’s meetings was postponed by a week. They would’ve fallen on the days after the New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King’s Birthday holidays.
According to council members’ discussion, other items likely to be on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting include:
Discussion of needed equipment repairs.
Hearing from a resident of Killough Heights over the condition of roads in the neighborhood.
Hearing from the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce about this year’s Coosafest festival.