Two new city commissioners for the City of Sallisaw were voted into office Tuesday. Jim Hudgens (above, top), Sallisaw's new Ward 2 city commissioner, after winning the election Tuesday, said he wants to get into the post and look at the city's affairs before commenting on how to proceed. "I want to do my best to work with the other commissioners and try to move the city forward," Hudgens said Wednesday. Hudgens replaces outgoing Commissioner Ro Poindexter who did not seek re-election. Hudgens served as Sallisaw's city manager for 19 years before his retirement 12 years ago. He said he has noted an accumulation of circumstances over the years that have concerned him. "The city's just like a family," he said. "When things get tight, you have to tighten the belt and curb expenses. The city has to do that before you start talking about sales tax or raising rates."
Daryl Legg (above, bottom), Sallisaw's new Ward 4 commissioner, said he was honored and humbled by his election to the post Tuesday. Legg defeated the incumbent, Vicki Sawney, and another challenger, Robert Morris. "I want to thank Vicki Sawney for her service, and to her and Robert Morris for running clean campaigns," Legg said Wednesday. Legg said he was thrilled to be joining another new commission member, Jim Hudgens. Legg said, "I am thrilled to serve with Mr. Hudgens. He has so much expertise and knowledge." Legg said he is also excited about Sallisaw's future. "We need enthusiasm. We need to get new ideas, to get a face lift," Legg said. The new city commissioners are to be sworn into office in April.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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