Killeen’s new mayor took office Tuesday evening.

Scott Cosper was sworn in by City Secretary Dianna Barker at a special meeting Tuesday after results of the May 10 election were made official.

Scott Cosper, who received 1,506 votes, was officially declared the victor in the mayoral race and handed the post’s duties by former Mayor Dan Corbin.

Corbin, a local attorney, was elected in May 2012 following the November 2011 recall that left the city without a quorum for six months. He did not seek re-election.

Councilman Terry Clark, who chaired the committee appointed to canvass the votes, said 3,493 votes were cast in the May 10 election.

Richard “Dick” Young finished second in the mayoral race, receiving 1,411 votes. Harold “Hal” Butchart garnered 579 votes.

The three at-large council members also took the oath of office.

Clark said Elizabeth Blackstone received 1,643 votes, Jonathan Okray garnered 1,425 votes and Juan Rivera took in 1,206 votes. Both Blackstone and Okray were incumbents.

Jared Foster, who had sought re-election, finished a close fourth, receiving 1,155 votes. Randy Doyle got 792 votes, Doris Mims-Owens received 782 votes and Gary “Bubba” Purser Jr. got 763 votes.

As the new council’s first order of business, council members unanimously elected Blackstone as mayor pro tem.

Blackstone, who was first elected to the council in May 2012, served her first term as mayor pro tem. The role includes acting as mayor during the mayor’s absence and filing the post if it becomes vacant before the next general election.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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