Council picks Hood as mayor

After the city council voted 4-0 to appoint former council member Greg Hood to the mayor’s seat vacated following the sudden death of Tom Clayton earlier this month, he was sworn in by City Secretary Jhanna Bogan while Mayor Pro Tem Michele Chandler Kelley, Council member Oleta Parker, and City Administrator David Miller looked on. Photo by Christina Derr

Will serve until May elections

After the city council voted 4-0 to appoint former council member Greg Hood to the mayor’s seat vacated following the sudden death of Tom Clayton earlier this month, he was sworn in by City Secretary Jhanna Bogan while Mayor Pro Tem Michele Chandler Kelley, Council member Oleta Parker, and City Administrator David Miller looked on. Photo by Christina Derr
BY CHRISTINA DERR
christina@azlenews.net

There’s a new mayor in town.
The office was filled by a familiar face after former council member Greg Hood was appointed by the Springtown city council July 26.
Following the July 11 death of Tom Clayton, the body was required by law to fill the vacancy – unlike an empty council position, the mayor’s seat cannot stand unfilled until the next regularly scheduled election.
That left them with three options:
Call a November election to fill the seat for six months until May 2019 when Clayton’s term would have expired.
Appoint a sitting council member to the position – an action that would have required a second appointment to fill that seat.
Or, as they did, they could appoint someone from outside the council.
Hood is no stranger to municipal government.
He served 12 years on the city council before choosing not to seek reelection in 2018.

The appointment
Mayor Pro Tem Michele Chandler Kelley, who opened the July 26 council meeting with a moment of silence in Clayton’s honor, called the appointment “something we never thought we would have to do.”
Kelley was also who nominated Hood for mayor. Her pick was seconded by Council member Oleta Parker.
Parker moved to appoint Hood, and the council voted 4-0 to do so – Council member Annette Burk was absent due to illness.
After Hood was sworn in by City Secretary Jhanna Bogan, he took his place on the dais and expressed his gratitude to the council for their confidence and asked for their patience has he learns his new position.

Serving Springtown over three decades
Hood first joined the Springtown city council in 1999 by appointment to Robert Wilson’s seat. Wilson had been appointed mayor.
He sought reelection to the Place 1 seat twice; first when Wilson’s term expired in 2000, and again in 2002 and won both times.
In 2004, Hood elected to not seek a third term in Place 1, but again sought office in Place 2 the following year.
Hood chose not to seek election in 2006, and wouldn’t do so again for six years.
In 2012, he defeated then-council member Clayton for his seat. Hood would seek reelection twice, running unopposed in both contests.
After he was appointed to the position during the July 26 council meeting, Mayor Greg Hood took the reins of the meeting from Mayor Pro Tem Michele Chandler Kelley.
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