New administration sworn in

Published 8:06 pm Monday, November 5, 2012

The new Atmore City Council perform their first function as the town's new government.

Atmore’s new administration officially took over the town’s leadership Monday night during a swearing in ceremony that transferred power to the new mayor, two new city council choices and three returning city councilmen.

New Mayor Jim Staff, new city councilman Chris Harrison, new city councilwoman Susan Smith and returning city councilmen Chris Walker, Cornell Torrence and Webb Nall were sworn in at Atmore City Hall by City Court Judge Joe Brogden.

Following the ceremony, former Atmore Mayor Howard Shell presented Staff with a new gavel for use during his term.

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Following the ceremony, the council held a ceremonial first meeting, during which they took care of some city business, including affirming Brogden as the city judge and naming Nall as mayor pro tem.

New Mayor Jim Staff said he is excited to get started in his new job and will be spending his first days analyzing the new responsibilities he will possess.

“I’m just taking this one day at a time,” Staff said. “Just taking it slow and easy. Things are going good and we’re going to make things happen.”

Staff also said he is anxious to get to work with what he called a great new council.

“It’s going to be a council where everyone has Atmore at heart,” he said. “None of these folks has an agenda. They want to do what’s best for Atmore.”

The first city council meeting for the new administration will be held at a special time and date, Tuesday, Nov.13 at 9 a.m., due to the Veterans Day holiday.