A man who has served as alderman in St. Elmo for about seven years has been appointed mayor in that community.
In a 4-1 vote during a recessed meeting on Thursday evening, the St. Elmo City Council appointed Jayson Porter to the mayoral seat.
Porter’s election as mayor came three days after Randy Watson submitted his resignation. After Watson resigned, Porter was picked by the council to conduct the remainder of Monday’s regular council meeting. The council recessed the meeting until Thursday night.
Porter was appointed to an aldermanic seat on the council by then-Mayor Chris Worman and served about two years before being elected to a four-year term. He was elected to another four-year term at the spring municipal election.
City Attorney Rick Day told the council that the person chosen as mayor could either resign from his aldermanic seat or continue to serve in that capacity. Porter said he would continue to serve as an alderman until the council can find a replacement.
In staying in the aldermanic seat, Porter will be allowed to vote on all issues.
For more on this story, see next Thursday’s issue of The Leader-Union.