By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Donald Gray was sworn in as Water Valley’s new mayor last Thursday at City Hall. Municipal Judge Trent Howell administered the oath as Gray held his hand on his Bible with his wife, Sherry Gray, standing at his side.
As alderman-at-large, Gray had served as Mayor Pro Temp since November 5 after former Mayor Larry Hart stepped down. Gray was the top vote getter in a four-way race for the city’s top elected position to fill the vacancy.
“I would like to thank everybody for supporting me, tons of people prayed for me and prayed with me, I just thank you so much. I look forward to these next three-and-a-half years serving out this term,” Gray said.
His first official duty was to preside over a brief city board meeting that followed the ceremony as aldermen were tasked with declaring the position of alderman-at-large vacant and setting a date for another special election.
Aldermen voted unanimously to schedule the election on February 27. Candidates can qualify until 20 days prior to the election. In order to qualify, a candidate must get 50 signatures from registered voters inside the city limits on a petition for the special election. All candidates will run as independents in the non-partisan, special election.
Two candidates have reported they will run for alderman-at-large, Herbie Rogers and Taylor Trusty.