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Mayor, council take office

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he city of Greenville on Monday night held its organizational meeting for the next four-year term.

Mayor Dexter McLendon was sworn in first for his sixth term as mayor of the Camellia City.

District 1 councilman Bryan Reynolds was sworn in second, followed by District 2 councilman Ed Sims, new councilman Joseph West, who represents District 3 went third; District 4 councilman Jae’Ques Brown, who is also newly elected followed; and last was District 5 councilman Boris Thigpen.

Councilman Sims was appointed mayor pro tempore.

The council re-appointed Dee Blackmon as city clerk-treasurer; Tim Warrick as fire chief and Justin Lovvorn as police chief.

Brandon Simmons was appointed city attorney for 2020-2024.

Mayor McLendon was appointed to the Southeast Gas board.

Councilman West was appointed to the planning commission; McLendon and Reynolds were both appointed to the Butler County Commission for Economic Development; Reynolds was appointed to the Butler County Industrial Development Authority; Brown was appointed to Greenville-Butler County Public Library Board; Thigpen was appointed to the emergency medical services board; the entire council was named to the ordinance review committee.

During the regularly scheduled meeting, the council held its first reading of an ordinance approving the issuance and sale of general obligation warrants, series 2020-A and taxable general obligation warrants, series 2020-B in a principal amount not to exceed $9 million. The council will vote on the ordinance on Nov. 23.

McLendon told the council that they were expecting to receive $425,000 to $450,000 from the proceeds of sales of the bonds.