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Bluff City could get new mayor, alderman, attorney

J. H. Osborne • Nov 12, 2010 at 3:52 AM

BLUFF CITY — The town’s government could look different by the end of the day. The Bluff City Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to meet in called session today at 7 p.m. to consider, among other items: formally accepting the resignation of Todd Malone as the town’s mayor; naming a new city attorney; naming a new mayor (from among remaining BMA members); then, if that is achieved, naming a new alderman to replace whoever ascends to the mayor’s seat. For the past several months, the BMA has functioned with only four recognized members — and votes on key issues, such as who to hire as city attorney, have often been split 2-2. Last month, however, J.C. Gentry won his lawsuit to regain recognition from the BMA and other town officials. So with Gentry, serving as vice mayor, acting in the absence of the mayor (the actual mayor does not vote, according to prior debates among BMA members) there could be five voting members — meaning such votes could be decided 3-2. If the published agenda for tonight’s meeting is followed, in order, and all five BMA members cast votes, there could be action on accepting Malone’s resignation — and on hiring a city attorney and appointing a mayor — before one of the aldermen potentially rises to the mayor’s seat, thereby creating another possible 2-2 tie on who to appoint as a new alderman. All five members of the BMA have been on the record in recent months as not wanting to be mayo r.

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