Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Council chooses Wilson

181500_110464379030248_6614871_nA former Minden City Councilman is returning to city hall but not in an elected position.

Steve Wilson was approved by the council Wednesday for the position of Facilities Director.

Wilson, who served on the council from 1991-1995, said he was likely on the personnel committee that hired many of the people with whom he will be working now.

"I'm still friends with some of the people at city hall," Wilson said. "When the job came open, somebody suggested I apply. I enjoyed being on the council, and I look forward to being back up there around those people, and the mayor (Bill Robertson) – he will be my surpervisor."

Robertson said he is looking forward to Wilson taking the reins as Facilities Director.

"I feel like he will do a good job," Robertson said.

As Facilities Director, Wilson will direct and supervise maintenance and custodial staff. He will be responsible for renting the Minden Civic Center and Minden Community House, ensuring that all guidelines are followed and fees paid.

Wilson has worked at a local lumber company for 30 years, and while he has enjoyed his job, the economy is one reason he decided to apply.

"The economy is slow everywhere," he said. "It's just one of those things where I feel it is a step in the right direction. I know I will be comfortable in the work environment."

Robertson said he plans to give Wilson some flexibility in his starting date.

Wilson, who graduated from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia with a B.A. in Art, occasionally teaches classes in creating stained glass at City Art Works downtown.

"That's my hobby," he said. "I do that on the side at night, and I will work it around whatever I do for the city."

With only District B Counsilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert absent, Wilson received unanimous approval from the remaining councilpersons.

Wilson replaces Tonkon Williams, who was terminated from the position December 6, after a complaint of inappropriate behavior was filed against him.

Williams appealed the termination; however, the council upheld the mayor's decision by a vote of 3 to 2.

Kennon-Gilbert and District A Councilman Joe Cornelius voted to have the termination overturned, while District C Councilwoman Magaline Quarles, District D Councilman Tommy Davis and District E Councilman Benny Gray voted to uphold it.






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