McMinnville officials have given the unexpired alderman term on the board to Ken Smith.
The move took place last night
Smith says he has been watching city government over the past few years and has no qualms about serving.
“If you believe things are not right and you talk about them and you are asked to serve, you should serve or you should be quiet,” said Smith. “When Jimmy Haley called me to ask if I would serve his remaining two years, I felt it was my community service to do so.”
The two years of Haley’s alderman term are available because he was voted mayor in November. Smith says he would like to regain confidence in city government and open the lines of communication.
“I hope what I can help to do is, in the next two years, to regain the confidence of the citizens of McMinnville, and bring together a good communication line between the city and county like we had in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” said Smith.
On the board, he would like to work as a team player.
“Hopefully, I can help ensure the city board works together,” said Smith. “That doesn’t mean we will agree on everything. However, if you can agree to disagree and leave as friends, then you have taken a major step in regaining confidence of the people.”
Smith served as a county commissioner in the late 1970s and has a strong background in economics. After 11 years teaching economics at the high school and at Motlow, he was hired by City Bank & Trust in 1983 to develop an investment department and economic forecasting. Today, he works for Security Federal.
“I’ve been involved in economics, accounting and finance since 1973,” said Smith. “It’s basically been my entire life.”