Alabama town appoints interim mayor to permanent role

After months of interim leadership for the town of Gordon, the community has a new mayor.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 4:24 PM

GORDON, Ala. (AP) — After months of interim leadership for the town of Gordon, the community has a new mayor.

WSFA-TV reports the council voted Tuesday to appoint former Mayor Pro-tem Shana Ray as the new mayor.

Ray had been serving temporarily since October after former Mayor Elbert Melton was stripped of his duties following Hurricane Michael. Some accused him of abandoning the town's 300-plus residents. He was officially stripped of the title after he was convicted of voter fraud in January.

Ray, who says she is the town's first black female mayor, says she hopes to revive the town's image.

The appointment means the state is not expected to intervene.

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