The city was incorporated on December 12, 1938, after a majority of citizens voted for the approval and Fowler Burris was the first mayor. In 1948 Vela Driver was elected Mayor, followed by L.K. McKewen in 1951 and Milton Carrell in 1952. R.L. Gillispie was Mayor from 1956-1958, followed by Paul Lowery, R. D. Gipson, M.E. Lemoine, and Jim Herrington in 1962. Boley Thomas, B.J. Thomasson, R.A. Stewart, E.P. Rhoudes, and H. R. Forrest served from 1966-1977. R.D. Gibson was again elected in 1977, followed by Dean McMullen, Thomas Baggett, Don Black, and Bobby Weaver. Dean McMullen served again from 1988 until 1996, when Lamar Tinsley was elected and served until his death in 2005. Herman Woolbright, Mayor Pro-tem was appointed to serve out the term and was elected by the people following his appointment. He stepped down as Mayor at the end of his term in May, 2014. Frank Harris was elected in May, 2014 and is currently serving as Mayor. Serving as City Secretary (City Clerks) have been B. C. Ivy, Pauline Capps, Evelyn Johnson, Leona Yeates, Judy Spivey, Louise Stripland, Donna Price, Betsy Gregson and Julie Davis, the current Secretary.
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