Thursday, the Oliver Springs Town Council made it official as they voted for the second time in as many months to appoint Cecil Crowe as interim mayor, succeeding Jerry Vann, who unexpectedly resigned earlier this year due to health concerns.
The Council had voted 4-2 last month to appoint Crowe but after concerns were raised about the somewhat secret nature of that vote, the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Advisory Service recommended taking a second, more public vote. The March vote was conducted by paper ballot, with each Council member checking a box next to the name of the candidate of their choice. When the votes were read, though, the voter was not identified, and MTAS opined that the process may have violated Open meetings statutes. Thursday’s was a voice vote and Crowe was selected again, this time by a margin of 4-1 with one absence. He will serve until the next Oliver Springs Municipal election.