By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
Councilman-elect Terry Clark will take his District 3 seat for the first time tonight at Killeen council's regular meeting at City Hall, but he will be a spectator for a majority of the meeting.
According to the agenda, Clark will be sworn in near the end of the meeting along with the three unopposed incumbents.
"My understanding is I have nothing to do with council business (yet)," Clark said Monday.
Once sworn in, the only item scheduled for the council to vote on is the election of a mayor pro tem; the role is currently served by Councilman Scott Cosper.
Clark said it will be a relief to participate in the meeting; he spent the last meeting in the audience despite having won the election.
"I'm really looking forward to working for the people and with the people," Clark said.
Incumbent council members Juan Rivera, Kenny Wells and Ernest Wilkerson will all take the oath to office with Clark after the three were declared unopposed.
For District 3, Clark beat out challenger Harold Butchart and incumbent Councilwoman JoAnn Purser by garnering about 53 percent of the votes.
Killeen spokeswoman Hilary Shine said there are a series of steps the election winners must complete.
"First, the mayor will recognize JoAnn Purser. Then, Clark, Wells, Wilkerson and Rivera will take their oath before taking their seats," Shine said.
During a pre-meeting workshop, council members will receive a memorandum from City Secretary Paula Miller certifying recall petitions collected by resident Jonathan Okray, where resident signees opted to call for an election to recall each council member. The council also will discuss the timeline and process of how the recall will work.
A petition for a recall election placed against Mayor Tim Hancock fell short of the necessary signatures.
The workshop starts at 4 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 101 N. College St. in City Hall.
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