New mayor to be sworn in Monday

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/9/18

Mayor-elect Kevin Brooks will be sworn in Monday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Cleveland City Council at the Museum CenterThe swearing in ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Incumbent …

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New mayor to be sworn in Monday

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Mayor-elect Kevin Brooks will be sworn in Monday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Cleveland City Council at the Museum Center

The swearing in ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Incumbent Councilmen Charlie McKenzie and Bill Estes will be sworn in, as well as newly-elected Councilman At-Large Ken Webb. The City Council meeting will not be preceded by a 1 p.m. work session.

Mayor Tom Rowland will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Brooks. Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Sharp will swear in McKenzie, Estes and Webb.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

Brooks, who has represented the 24th District as a state representative for 12 years, will be succeeding Rowland, who is the longest-serving mayor in Cleveland history. Rowland was first elected in 1991.

Brooks told the Cleveland Daily Banner that he has written a letter to the Tennessee Speaker of the House announcing his intent to resign from his current office, which will take effect Monday when he is sworn in as mayor. 

Bradley County Commission Chairman Johnny Mull told the Cleveland Daily Banner there has been no discussion regarding appointing someone to fill Brooks' seat. 

"We will probably just wait until the election," Mull said. "If we did appoint someone, it would just be for a two-month period."

In that race, Bradley County Commissioner Mark Hall, a Republican, is opposing Democratic Party challenger Mallory Pickert. The election is Nov. 6.

McKenzie, who represents District 1, has served on the City Council since 2010. Estes has represented District 2 since 2006. It will be Webb’s first term as a member of the City Council, succeeding Richard Banks, who has served on the council since 2003. Banks  announced last year he would not be seeking re-election for another term.

The next meeting of the City Council will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the Municipal Building, which will be preceded by a 1 p.m. work session.

The city offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day. In addition, there will be no City Council meeting on Oct. 8. 


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