New alderman board cleans house on first day
Police Chief Richard Taylor wasn’t the only town official to be swiftly terminated during the Andrews Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night.
Town clerk Denise Bowden, town attorney Ellen Davis and town employee Darlene Heaton were removed by the newly minted board. Bowden, who was sitting with the board during the meeting, was asked to promptly leave after her termination.
Darlene Lackey was voted in unanimously as the interim town clerk. After being sworn in, she took Bowden’s spot at the board’s table.
Leo Phillips was appointed unanimously as the interim attorney, while Tammy Holloway was voted as the interim finance director.
The board also passed a motion to remove all outgoing officials, including Bowden, as signatures from the town’s checking accounts. Mayor James Reid, Holloway and Alderman Mike Sheidy were voted in approval of taking the open positions.
Alderman Steve Jordan made a motion to put the town’s water usage back to 3,000 gallons. The board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
“I know we’ve made some tough steps, and we’ve met a lot of times to get to where we’re at with this situation,” Reid said. “Not everybody is going to agree with what this board does, but we’re going to work diligently to do what we think is right for the town of Andrews.”