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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Mayor Judy Nation and city board members David Allen, Reid Carroll and Carol Smiley were sworn in during the city board meeting Jan. 5.

Allen, Carroll, Nation and Smiley were sworn in by District Court Judge A.J. Anglin, who was sworn into office on Jan. 2. The board members will serve each serve a four-year term and be paid $264 per regular meeting attended, according to city code.

Nation will serve a four-year term and receive $12,000 annually, the code states.

Immediately following the swearing in ceremony, the board set out to elect a vice mayor. Director Marla Sappington nominated Allen for the position. Sappington did not offer a reason why she nominated Allen.

Director Brad Burns nominated Carroll for the position. Burns said he nominated Carroll because he has filled the role already, plus he has a pleasant demeanor. Then Burns jokingly said Carroll's calming voice was almost like a Hallmark card.

"He has a passion for the community and he has the time to donate to that and I think we need to take that into consideration.," Burns said of Carroll.

The board voted 4-3 to elect Carroll to the position of vice mayor.

During the public input portion of the meeting, former Position Six Candidate Nathanael Stone congratulated the candidates and offered a prayer for the board of directors and city employees.

Marc Hayot may be reached by email at [email protected]

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