Jan. 1, 2018, the City of Monroe will seat a new mayor for the first time in 12 years. Newly elected Mayor John Howard took the Oath of Office on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, along with newly elected Councilman David Dickinson and re-elected Councilman Wayne Adcock.
Councilman Ross Bradley, who is currently serving the brief term of the Special Election to replace former councilman Nathan Purvis, was not able to attend. He will be sworn in before the first meeting of the new year on his full four-year term. Bradley won both the Special Election as well as the General Election to serve a full term as the District 3 councilman. Adcock was re-elcted unopposed for another full term as the District 6 councilman and Dickinson beat Lidia Garrett in a runoff to replace former councilman Jimmy Richardson as the District 8 councilman. Former mayor Greg Thompson was unseated in the General Election, coming in third to Howard and Sandra Shurling. Howard went on to win the Runoff Election on Dec. 5, 2017.
None of the newly sworn in Monroe officials had much to say following the swearing in ceremony except to thank the voters for their confidence in them and promise to do their best to honor the commitment in their upcoming terms.
Howard and Dickinson will take a seat at the table with current Monroe City Councilmembers Adcock, Bradley, Lee Malcom, Myoshia Crawford, Larry Bradley, Norman Garrett and Nathan Little at the first Called Meeting of 2018 which is scheduled for Jan. 9. The first regular City Council meeting and voting session of the new year is scheduled for Jan. 16.