RISON – Kingsland Mayor Tim McClellan was removed from office Tuesday when voters overwhelming voted in favor a recall of the mayor by a 100-56 margin (64 percent).
There were earlier returns showing that the margin was 78-48, but County Clerk Sharon Gray discovered after those figures were released that another voting machine at Kingsland had not been included in the totals. When that machine was included, the margin swelled to the complete but unofficial tally of 100-56.
McClellan was in the middle of his second four-year term as mayor. His departure means the Kingsland City Council will need to find a replacement for the remaining two years of his term. The city council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Kingsland City Hall.
An official with the Arkansas Municipal League, an organization that represents incorporated communities and provides technical assistance , stated in an earlier interview that towns have two options if a mayor is removed from office for any reason: first, the city can hold a special election to elect a new mayor; or second, the city council can appoint a new mayor.
Kingsland Recorder/Treasurer Renee Parnell said Kingsland uses the appointment method, which means an appointment could be made as soon as next week’s meeting.
The Rison City Council was faced with a similar situation with its last two mayors. Delmar Fultz was appointed by the council to complete the remaining term of the late Jack Sipes after he died in office, and former Cleveland County Judge Vernon Dollar was appointed to fulfill Fultz’s position after he decided to retire.
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