Richfield Town Council names two new council members

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021

At Monday’s meeting of the Richfield Town Council, the council accepted the resignation of one of its board members and filled two open council positions.

Mary Shaver resigned in writing in a letter dated Nov. 5.

In the letter, Shaver said, “due to things happening that I have no control, and against my better judgement for the town or the people, I hereby resign my position as commissioner this fifth day of Nov. 2021.”

The council voted 3-0 to accept her resignation. Mayor Terry Deese said he hated she resigned.

“Mary did a lot of good work for us,” Deese added.

With the three remaining council members in attendance Monday, Richfield had a quorum to conduct its regular meeting and fill two open seats, Shaver’s as well as the one previously vacated by Jason Ritter.

Councilman Barry Byrd moved to name Kevin Almond to Ritter’s seat. Almond’s father, Terry, served the town’s council for more than 30 years before passing away in 2020.

In making the motion, Byrd said he had spoken with Kevin about serving on the council for several months.

“He said he would take the job if it was offered,” Byrd said.

Councilwoman Christy NeCaise seconded the motion, which passed 3-0.

NeCaise then moved to have Cindy Hagler take over Shaver’s seat. Byrd seconded the motion, which also passed, 3-0.

Both will be sworn in at the next regular meeting, which has been moved up to Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored four times by the North Carolina Press Association.

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