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Kirby named alderman
Rachel Kirby
Rachel Kirby

Rachel Kirby has been named to McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Mayor Ben Newman, Vice Mayor Ryle Chastain and Aldermen Kate Alsbrook, Everett Brock, Mike Neal and Steve Harvey unanimously voted on Tuesday night to appoint Kirby to fill a vacant seat.

“I’ve very excited to serve this community,” said Kirby. “I’ve been in indigent defense for 18 years – mostly guardian ad litem work for juvenile court. I represent the legal interest of children who have been removed from their homes for abuse and neglect with the goal of finding permanency and stability for that child.”

While she has never held government public office before, Kirby was a founding board member for the Children’s Advocacy Center and is currently a board member for Kids of the Community.

“I hope to work with this very motivated and progressive board that has created such great momentum for McMinnville,” said Kirby. “My dream is to help bring high-quality alcohol and drug treatment service here.”

The appointment is for two years and was the seat held by Newman, who was automatically named mayor with the resignation of Jimmy Haley.

Kirby will take the oath of office prior to the next regular session of the board on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.