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Ben Newman named mayor
Ben Newman
Ben Newman has ascended from vice mayor to become McMinnville mayor.

McMinnville has a new mayor.

Vice Mayor Ben Newman was automatically appointed as mayor with the resignation of Jimmy Haley. His first official duties will begin Tuesday, Sept. 11 with the regular session of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. 

“I’m am looking forward to taking on the challenges of leading the city of McMinnville,” said Newman. “I’d like to thank Jimmy Haley for his leadership and I hope to continue moving our great city forward while working with county government to accomplish this goal.”

Haley officially resigned at midnight on Aug. 31 to begin his duties as Warren County executive on Sept. 1. Newman will serve the remaining two years of Haley’s four-year term.

“Our city is facing an opportune time to grow in both population, amenities, and greater opportunities for all,” said Newman. “It is my goal to assure our citizens that we will grow while maintaining a sense of our history, maintaining a sense of pride, and expanding our palate for new ideas, new businesses, and new horizons.”

Newman also expressed gratitude to city residents and remaining board members.

“I would like to thank the citizens of McMinnville and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for their confidence in me to take on the great responsibility of leading this spectacular city forward.”

Under city charter, Newman, as vice mayor, was automatically appointed mayor to fill the vacancy once it was created by Haley’s resignation. An oath of office can be administered as a formality. The date and time for that has not been announced.