By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE – The City Council appointed Mayor Pro Tem Emma McCullough on Thursday to fulfill the remaining six months of the mayor's term.
The council decided unanimously that McCullough would take on the duties of mayor after former Mayor James Cox resigned last month.
McCullough will serve as mayor until the city can conduct a mayoral election in May. After the election, McCullough will retake her council seat.
McCullough's move to the mayoral post leaves one council seat vacant.
Under state law, the council doesn't have to fill the vacant seat, but it can appoint another member until an election if it chooses, said Jonathan Koury, assistant to City Attorney Alan Borjorquez.
It is unknown if the City Council will function with the empty seat or not.
Prior to the council naming McCullough mayor, several residents spoke about making decisions that are in the best interest of the city.
"Keep in mind what you do tonight is for the best interest of Nolanville," Stan Williamson, a former councilman, said from his seat in the audience.
Council members should keep their problems with each other out of the city's business, Williamson continued.
The City Council went into executive session for five minutes to consider its options about the empty mayor's seat before appointing McCullough.
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