The Barling Board of Directors will be adding a new member to its ranks in the future.
The board on Tuesday chose Bill Young, 52, to fill the unexpired term of William McMahan, who submitted his letter of resignation during the last regular board meeting in January. Mike Tanner, Barling city administrator, said the resignation was effective Jan. 31.
In a memo to the mayor and the board of directors, Tanner said according to state law, in the case of a vacancy in the mayor's office or in the office of a board member, the board will appoint someone or call for a special election to be held to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. This is to be done at the first regular meeting after the vacancy occurs and by majority vote, which was the case for Tuesday's meeting.
Ward 1 Director Bruce Farrar made a motion to have the board appoint someone to the position, citing the cost of holding a special election as his reasoning. The motion was approved by the board 4-2. Tanner said after the meeting the last special election Barling had, which was held about three or four years ago, cost $6,500.
After the motion, three people at the meeting made their respective cases for why they should be appointed to the position. Various board members then nominated the three contenders, and the whole board voted on who the new director would be by ballot. Although none of the candidates achieved a majority on the first vote, Young was ultimately chosen during the second vote, winning four votes against his competitors, who each got one vote.
"I've lived here for so long, and I think I have the ability and the know-how to help this city become better than what it is, and I want to be a part of it," Young said.
Tanner said Young will start on the board as soon as he is sworn in.