Sallisaw’s Board of City Commissioners held a short special meeting Monday to fill in the duties required of Mayor Jim Hudgens.
Hudgens can no long perform his mayor duties after a temporary injunction was granted against him in district court, on the grounds he was not appointed correctly according to the city charter. The injunction was requested after Hudgens lead the way in the dismissal of City Manager Clayton Lucas. Lucas remains as city manager due to the injunction and Hudgens’ inability to vote.
At the meeting Monday, Ward 3 Commissioner Julian Mendiola and Ward 2 Commissioner Ro Poindexter were appointed to represent the city at the settlement conference in the Carpenter vs. the City of Sallisaw case and were authorized for settlement in the same case.
City Attorney John Robert Montgomery reported that only the signature of Dianna Davis, city clerk, is required to sign checks, and Mendiola was appointed to sign contracts that normally require the signature of the mayor.
According to the city charter, the commissioner on the board the longest may fill in for the mayor when the mayor is unable to attend to duties, and that is Mendiola.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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