WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Late Walnut Ridge Alderman Daniel Abbott served his community until he passed away.
The sad passing of the alderman necessitates the selection of a replacement and that will happen Monday night at the Walnut Ridge City Council meeting.
Scheduled for 6 p.m. at the police complex, four were initially considered for the position but two have withdrawn their names from consideration, leaving C. Trent Kirksey, Abbott’s opponent in the November general election, and Angela Abbott, Abbott’s widow.
Abbott’s resume objective was written describing herself as a dedicated educator, with over 24 years of experience developing results-driven curriculum and delivering enthusiastic instruction of math, reading, writing, social studies, and science for Kindergarten through twelfth grade students. She mentioned an extensive background serving the needs of culturally and socio-economically diverse populations. She also highlighted skills in instructing under a variety of different curriculum structures. She said her major strengths include strong leadership, excellent communication skills, competent, strong team player, and training.
Kirksey presented his resume to obtain the position of alderman of Ward 3, Position 1, for the City of Walnut Ridge as well. He mentioned his great desire to bring young leadership to the city council of Walnut Ridge, saying he believes the city has been on a great path in moving forward in the past two years and he would like to be a part of this team in continuing the great progress the council and Mayor Charles Snapp have achieved. Kirksey also mentioned he obtained 611 votes from the residents of Walnut Ridge and also mentioned he has attended each meeting for approximately one year, staying current on present issues.
The council will decide who fills the vacancy Monday night, as it is the first order of business.
Also on the agenda are items including a rezoning request at 522 NE Third Street from R1 to R2, several reappointment measures, an ordinance for a Ritter franchise and approval of the 2017 budget.
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