By Jill Richardson
Monday night, Mayor Doug Sturges officially nominated City Council President Chris Hinderliter to fill his empty seat. The council approved this nomination. Chris Hinderliter will be acting mayor until elections in November. Melba Mayor Doug Sturges and his family were called to Oklahoma for a new position with work for his church.
The appointment of Hinderliter left an open seat on the Council that was filled by Ron Johnshoy, as recommended by new Mayor Hinderliter. Johnshoy is a teacher and wrestling coach at Melba High School and has lived in Melba for eleven years.
“My interest in City Councilman is because I love the City of Melba and live in the community and to be a part of this great council for the community and the families in it,” said Johnshoy. “To start, my plan is to observe and learn for now.”
Mayor Hinderliter took over as Mayor after the resignation was accepted by the council of Mayor Doug Sturges. “It is an honor to take over for Sturges,” said Hinderliter. “It is sad to see him go. I plan to continue to serve the city to my best, just in a different role.” Hinderliter has served as a councilman for the city for the past six years, and President for the past four of those years.
Both Mayor Hinderliter and Councilman Johnshoy will be officially sworn in at next month’s council meeting on August 12.