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Red Bank commission chooses new city mayor

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Red Bank Mayor John Roberts (center) -- Photo by WRCB Anchor Greg Glover Red Bank Mayor John Roberts (center) -- Photo by WRCB Anchor Greg Glover
Red Bank Vice Mayor Floy Pierce (center) -- Photo by WRCB Anchor Greg Glover Red Bank Vice Mayor Floy Pierce (center) -- Photo by WRCB Anchor Greg Glover
Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston (L) administers oath to new Red Bank Commissioner Rick Causer (R). Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston (L) administers oath to new Red Bank Commissioner Rick Causer (R).
Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston (L) administers oath to new Red Bank Commissioner Eddie Pierce (R). Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston (L) administers oath to new Red Bank Commissioner Eddie Pierce (R).
Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston (L) administers oath to Red Bank Commissioner Kenneth Welch (R). Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston (L) administers oath to Red Bank Commissioner Kenneth Welch (R).

RED BANK, TN. (WRCB-DT) - New leadership was officially sworn in in Red Bank Tuesday evening. Judge Johnny Houston administered oaths to new Commissioners Rick Causer, who defeated now former Mayor Monte Millard (who was not in attendance), and Eddie Pierce who ran unopposed for the seat being vacated after five years by Ruth Jeno. Kenneth Welch, who had also run unopposed, was sworn in for his first full term. He was appointed in February after former Vice Mayor Greg Jones stepped down.

Once seated, the board went about selecting a Mayor and Vice Mayor from amongst themselves. The now longest serving member, Commissioner Floy Pierce, was named Vice Mayor with John Roberts moving up from that position to Mayor. Both were the only persons nominated for each post and assumed the titles with unanimous votes of the Board of Commissioners.

The new mayor told some 40 or so in attendance that it was, "A time for renewal. A time for a new day for our city." Noting that the new City Manager starts December 2nd, Mayor Roberts added, "We will work real hard for this city because it's Red bank and we care about it...We're more than just Commissioners. We're neighbors and friends."

Business began before the end of the evening with the new commission passing an ordinance on first reading that would decrease the number of parking spaces per 1,000 square feet of leasable space required for commercial businesses. It was said that paring that number to 4 from 6, would help attract business to this essentially fully-developed city and allow current merchants the opportunity to expand.

John Roberts told Channel 3 he feels fortunate and blessed to assume the role of Mayor. He added, he was excited to be part of the commission that had not been composed of so many new members since the 1970's. Besides signing checks (said he signed 34 last week alone) he looks forward to continuing Red bank's forward momentum and recruiting new business to the area. Pledging not to bottom feed, he said the commission will be aggressive; city codes, both commercial and residential, will be updated. Mayor Roberts promised announcements about new businesses in the coming months; one downtown and another on the south end.

RED BANK, TN. (WRCB) -- There's new leadership in Red Bank Monday night.

Rick Causer defeated former Mayor Monte Millard in the November election. 

Causer was sworn in Monday night along with Eddie Pierce, who ran unopposed for the seat vacated by Ruth Jeno, and Kenneth Welch, who was appointed to a partial term in February after the vice mayor resigned.

With the new board of commissioners seated, they chose John Roberts to serve as Mayor of Red Bank.

Roberts tells Channel 3 there haven't been this many new commissioners since the 1970s, calling it an exciting time.

He says the new board will be aggressive in efforts to renew Red Bank.

Floy Pierce, now the longest service commissioner, was voted vice mayor.

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