Bladenboro's new mayor,
councilmen to be sworn in Monday
Rufus Duckworth will be
sworn in as mayor, and incumbent Billy Ray
Benson along with newcomers Jeff Atkinson
and Tim Benton will be sworn in as
commissioners during Monday's meeting of the
Bladenboro town board.
The meeting will be held at the Bladenboro
Historical Society Building and is scheduled
to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The board's December meeting is usually held
at the Historical Society Building and is
also a banquet to recognize community groups
and volunteers along with town employees.
However, at its November meeting, the board
voted against holding the December meeting
at the Historical Society Building with
outgoing mayor Livingston Lewis casting the
deciding vote. Later in November, the board
voted to move December's meeting to the
Historical Society Building as has been the
custom for several years.
Duckworth, who spearheaded a petition to
change Bladenboro's form of government from
council-manager to mayor-council with an
administrator, defeated Lewis in Novemeber's
general election. Lewis has been
Bladenboro's mayor for 20 years.
Benson was the leading vote-getter among the
commissioner candidates in the November
election. Atkinson and Benton also won seats
while incumbents Steve Bryan and Mitchell
Hughes will leave the board. There will be a
vacant seat on the board after Larry Simmons
resigned his position during a special
session Nov. 25.
referendum to change the town's form of
government also passed during the November
election and the board, at the special
session, amended the town's charter and
hired Delane Jackson as the town
administrator. Jackson had been the town
manager since 2003.
new board is also expected to elect a
mayor-pro tem during Monday's meeting.
After Monday's meeting
adjourns, a dinner will be served.