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Heights selects new mayor pro tem

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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — City Council members voted Tuesday to name Hal Schiffman to serve as the new mayor pro tem for the next three months.

Former Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson became the mayor after Mike Aycock resigned Feb. 1 because he was unable to fully discharge the city’s portion of his home property tax obligations before a Jan. 31 deadline.

Aycock owes the Bell County Tax Appraisal District nearly $55,000 in back taxes, including more than $2,160 to the city, which disqualified him from holding office, according to the city charter.

Schiffman will serve as mayor pro tem until the May 10 election. At the first City Council meeting following the election, the council will elect a mayor pro tem to serve a one-year term.

According to the city charter, if the mayor pro tem succeeds to the office of mayor, that council seat will be considered vacant.

Since Robinson has served two consecutive three-year terms on the council, he cannot run for re-election.

Vying for vacant Seat 4 are John Reider and David Brown.

Patty Brunson, assistant city manager, said no one has filed to run for mayor except Aycock, who filed for re-election last month.

City Manager David Mitchell said the resignation does not prevent Aycock from seeking re-election, so long as his tax obligations are resolved before taking office, if elected.

The deadline for filing is Friday.

vlynch@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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