Jim McKenzie named mayor of Sweetwater

Jim McKenzie was appointed on Tuesday morning to serve as Mayor of Sweetwater to fill the unexpired term following the resignation of Mayor Greg Wortham.The meeting, held at City Hall, allowed the City Commissioners the opportunity to accept Wortham's resignation, which was effective on July 8, 2014 at 5 p.m. Sweetwater City Manager Eddie Brown explained that Wortham submitted his resignation so that he could concentrate on his run for the Texas Senate seat vacated by Robert Duncan.With Wortham's resignation accepted, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerod Peek made a motion for McKenzie, commissioner for Precinct 2 and Mayor Pro-Tem, to serve in the role. Precinct 1 Commissioner Larry May seconded the motion, which was approved. Due to the fact that a vacancy occurred in the commission with McKenzie's appointment as Mayor, the commissioners discussed the appointment to fill Precinct 2's unexpired term. Peek made the motion for Jim Lee to serve, which was seconded by Precinct 3 Commissioner Ricky Castro and approved by the commissioners.Both McKenzie and Lee were given the oath of office for their respective positions by City Attorney Pete Sheridan."I want to thank the commissioners for their trust in me," said McKenzie. He says that he will run for mayor when his term expires in May 2015.Newly appointed City Commissioner-Precinct 2 Jim Lee is a retired school teacher, having spent 28 years as an educator. "I'm excited about the opportunity to serve and I hope I can do a good job for the City of Sweetwater and my precinct."Lee also says that he will run for City Commissioner when his term expires.