During their first meeting of the new year and with a new mayor, Williamston Town Council set an election date of April 2 to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat on council and postponed any decision on what to do about the town administrator position until after the election, allowing a full council to make the decision.
Following an executive session that lasted more than an hour, Council unanimously approved a motion made by Councilman Otis Scott to postpone the issue until a full council is elected and to leave it up to the mayor to decide if the administrator is left on suspension or not.
After the four hour meeting, Mayor Mack Durham said Administrator Phyllis Lollis will remain on suspension until a decision is made by council after the election.
At the beginning of the meeting, which was moved to the Municipal Center Auditorium due to a large crowd, the Mayor and councilmembers David Harvell and Otis Scott were publicly administered their oath of office.
Tony Taylor was also sworn in as the town’s new police chief, making history in the process.
Taylor is the first African-American to hold the position of Chief of Police a municipality in Anderson County.