The city of Mansfield is still operating without a mayor.
The Mansfield City Council did not appoint someone as mayor to finish the term of former Mayor Larry Austin during its meeting Thursday. Austin resigned as mayor effective April 5. His last work day was March 9.
During the meeting, Mansfield Recorder/Treasurer Becky Walker invited those present who were interested in fulfilling the mayor position to come before the City Council and explain why they were interested. The first person to do so was Mansfield resident Ricky Newman, who gave Walker a letter of interest, which was copied and made available to the council April 5. The second person was Mansfield Ward 3 Position 1 Alderman Rick McDaniel.
After voting to go into executive session to discuss the appointment of mayor, a motion was made by Ward 1, Position 2 Alderman Dave Johnson to appoint McDaniel to the position. The motion died for lack of a second. The appointment was then tabled until the next Mansfield City Council meeting April 19.
Walker said Austin’s term will end Dec. 31. She said in a previous Times Record article she has been fulfilling Austin's duties as mayor since he turned in his letter of resignation. The letter was received March 12.
Members of the Mansfield City Council unanimously requested Austin's resignation during the council's meeting Dec. 21. Walker told the Times Record at the time that Austin ignored the request and continued the meeting as usual. On Dec. 28, the council voted in favor of limiting the powers of the mayor, but Austin vetoed the move. Council members overrode the veto at their next regular meeting Jan. 18.