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Hornbeak begins search for successor to alderman

Hornbeak begins search for successor to alderman
Staff Reporter
It will be some big shoes to fill.
Hornbeak leaders are looking for someone interested in the community who is willing to fill a vacancy on the town’s board of aldermen.
The vacancy was created by the recent death of Paula (Seals) Parker, a retired rural mail carrier for the Hornbeak Post Office who was very dedicated to her community.
Mrs. Parker, 55, died Sept. 27 following a long battle with cancer. In addition to being an alderman, she was serving as Hornbeak’s vice mayor at the time of her death.
During its monthly session Tuesday night, Hornbeak’s board of aldermen voted to name alderman Dennis Dozier as vice mayor to succeed Mrs. Parker.
Aldermen also discussed options for filling her vacancy on the seven-member board of aldermen, with alderman Leon Walden suggesting they wait until next month in order to let anyone interested come forward. The action was abled following brief discussion of options.
Any Hornbeak resident interested in being considered for appointment to the vacancy is asked to contact any board member.
In other action during Tuesday night’s brief meeting, the board:
• Voted to pay a $360 invoice from Blackley Motors for repairs to a first responder van.
• Reviewed a letter from the state comptroller’s office in regard to some issues which need to be addressed, including one involving appropriate investment of some funds. A copy was also sent to the town’s auditor.
Recorder Joyce Truett said the town needs to check the matter of the investment with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service and Mayor Pete Burpo asked Dozier to look into it.
• Was reminded that Hornbeak City Hall will be closed both Friday and Oct. 21 while Mrs. Truett attends some training and some testing.
Alderman Paul Truett was absent from the session Tuesday night.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at
Published in The Messenger 10.12.11