Mounds City Hall saw a big turnover May 6.
During a regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Mounds City Council, five people took the oath of office. Jesse McNeil and Raymond Howard were both sworn in as aldermen. That night Lynda Walker and Noel Roberson were appointed to the council as aldermen.
The most notable change, however was Rita Flumer being sworn in as Mayor.
Flumer lost no time after the ceremonies were finished. Before she conducted her first council meeting as mayor, she took the time to address the council and the public attendants.
In her address, Flumer commented on how she planned to run her office. She said she plans on allowing the heads of the City’s department’s to go about their daily work without much interference from her.
“I’m not here to micro manage your departments,” Flumer said. However, she did make it clear she wanted communication should anything be out of the ordinary.
Flumer also said she wants to work out any internal friction within City Hall by implementing a system of direct communication and professionalism.
“We need to respect each other,” she said.
Flumer announced that she will put Mounds above all else. She said any action that taken against the city will not be tolerated.
Finally, Flummer said she will be fair in her dealings with all the department heads. She said she does not listen to hearsay, but instead bases opinions on real relationships.
— Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242