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Hammons selected as Troy mayor

| July 8, 2005 12:00 AM

BY ROGER MORRIS Western News Publisher

City councilman Jim Hammons was sworn in Wednesday night as Troy's interim mayor filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Mayor John Brown last month.

Hammons will serve until the end of the year. He is one of two councilmen seeking election as mayor in November. Also running is councilman Don Banning.

Brown, who was seriously injured last weekend in an ATV accident, announced his resignation June 8 and said he would serve through July 12. In resigning, Brown recommended that the council appoint Hammons as mayor and he said that John Clogston was interested in filling Hammons seat on the council.

Council president Laura Schrader recommended that the council accept letters of interest from city residents to fill the council seat vacated by Hammons. Letters will be accepted until Friday, July 22.

Schrader had asked for a motion for appointing the interim mayor. Councilman Jim Pierce nominated Hammons. His motions was seconded by Schrader and carried 3-0 by council vote with Banning sitting silent.

Hammons was elected to the council in 2003. He had previously been appointed to the council prior to being elected to a full four-year term in 1993. He did not seek re-election in 1997. Banning was appointed to the council in 2001 and was elected to a four-year term in 2001.