Kelly Marsh was officially sworn in as the newest Early Police Officer during the Early City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening.


    Marsh, formerly of the Water Improvement District Lake Patrol, replaces Cpl. Brandon McMillan in the Early force. Early Police Chief David Mercer administered the Law Enforcement Oath, while city secretary Brenda Kilgo gave the Oath of Office.


    Marsh’s family was present for the ceremony, and his wife pinned on his badge when the swearing-in was complete.


    During the meeting, Early council members also:


- Accepted Tony Krischke’s fiscal year 2015/2016 audit.


- Approved the re-appointment of Wade Kinnin to the Brown County Appraisal District Board of Directors.


- Updated the status of the Code Enforcement/Building Inspector position for which Early is hiring. City administrator Tony Aaron said there were nine applicants for the position and that a five-member hiring committee, including Early council member Janice Bush, would interview each candidate. Aaron said that council member Benny Allcorn had applied for the position, and that the city would “go through a fair hiring process.


    “We’re going to hire the most qualified person for the city of Early,” Aaron said. “Although we know Councilman Allcorn … his personal experience, character and work ethic will be what he’s graded on, not the fact that he’s a city council member.”


    Aaron also said that the city will be delivering new green trash bins to Early residents beginning on the week of Dec. 26.


    “By the middle of January, everybody will have these dumpsters,” Aaron said.


    In the citizen’s comments period at the beginning of the meeting, Early business owner Sean Fulton approached the council and alleged that a city employee has harassed him both personally and professionally in several incidents over the last seven years. Mayor Robert Mangrum said that although the council was unable to take any action based on citizen comments, Fulton should present his evidence to Aaron and city attorney Mark Bessent for further review.