New Obion mayor shows he is ready to get to work

New Obion mayor shows he is ready to get to work

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Newly-elected Obion Mayor Rodney Underwood has hit the ground running.
Less than a week after being sworn in to office, Underwood presided over a called Obion city council meeting Monday night that essentially put in place all the elements of his administration.
Underwood met with all the city’s employees over the weekend and reported to the council the meetings were “very positive.”
He said Obion’s city workers are “ready to move forward” and said “I’m happy with every employee.”
With that assessment, he recommended the formal rehiring of all city employees under his administration. His recommendation was unanimously approved by the council.
The council also unanimously approved a recommendation from Underwood to appoint Patsy Barker as vice mayor. She replaces Polk Glover in that position.
Monday night’s meeting was brief — a mere 10 minutes — but the council also designated The Messenger as the city’s official newspaper and the Foundation Bank of Obion as the city’s official depository and reappointed Adam Campbell as the city judge.
Two appointments were tabled for further review, the appointment of a city attorney and the appointment of a city health inspector. Both appointments are expected to be brought up at the council’s next regularly scheduled meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. Monday.
Paul Duren recently resigned as the city’s health inspector and Roger Fisher has been serving as the city attorney.
The council currently meets twice a month, on the first and third Monday nights, but that may be changing with the Underwood administration. He brought up the possibility of the council meeting once a month, but no action was taken on his proposal.
Monday night’s meeting was opened in prayer by Glover and Underwood led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Published in The Messenger 11.27.12

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