Bulletin Staff Report

EARLY - The Early City Council is back at full strength following the appointment of two new members Tuesday.

Both Joel Johnson and B.J. McCullough were sworn in during a Tuesday night council meeting. That came after Charles Matlock took the oath of office on Monday, filling a position vacated June 10 by the resignation of William Kelcy.

The appointed members will serve until the next general election in May.

The appointment of Johnson came after the council accepted the resignation of David Gray.

Mayor Bob Mangrum said, “I have no name for consideration for the council.”

Councilman Benny Allcorn nominated Johnson, saying he had served on the Early ISD School Board, is a manager at Verizon and is very active in the community.

After accepting Pat Drew’s resignation, Mangrum did not have a name, and none of the council members seemed to, either. Allcorn said he knew someone in the audience who would make a good councilman if he’d serve. He pointed to McCullough, who joked he “was sitting on the back row.”

McCullough agreed to serve as long as the election was in May 2009.

Reference was made to Gray’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s Bulletin. Even though there are now three appointed members, the earliest a general election could be held would be November, according to Allcorn and Mangrum.