Gadsden swears in new council, mayor

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - By Dixon Hayes

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Gadsden's city council is now open for business with two new members.

Seven council members and Mayor Sherman Guyton were all sworn in Monday for new terms.  It will be the second term for Guyton.

Billy Harris is one of two new faces on the council. He represents council District 1 and replaces Walt Higgins, who chose not to run for re-election.  The other new council member is Deverick Williams, who defeated incumbent J. R. Countryman in a runoff to represent council District 2.

The inauguration ceremonies took place at Gadsden Convention Hall. Guyton told people in attendance that Gadsden has weathered the recession by attracting new industries and expansions of current ones, and urged the new council to keep the work going.

Gadsden's longest serving council member, Bob Echols, was named council president. He first took office in 1986, the first year Gadsden adopted the mayor-council form of government, and is the only council member to be elected to every term since.

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