Moulton City Council appointed Mike Terry as the new municipal court judge in a special called meeting Monday night.
Terry’s appointment comes after a five-month trial period the council allowed Court Clerk Erin Strange and staff to conduct to fill the position, which became vacant when the former Municipal Judge Joseph Propst’s contract was not renewed in December.
In a December meeting, Mayor Roger Weatherwax said the decision not to renew Propst’s contract was, “for the convenience of the City and for the police department,” because documents would often have to be obtained from Decatur, where Propst lived and worked.
The Council voted to allow municipal employees a trial period of 30-day intervals to try-out qualified candidates for the position.
In Monday’s meeting, Strange requested that the Council consider Laura Terry Powell, among two other nominations including Hood Mullican and John David Kimbrough, for the position.
District 5 Councilman Brent White nominated Terry for his experience and qualifications.
District 1 Councilwoman Joyce Jeffreys seconded White’s motion to nominate Terry saying, “I know all of these others are well qualified, but I think (Terry) has had more experience.”
Terry will serve a two-year term before the contract is reexamined, Jeffreys said. Negotiations will continue concerning a recommended salary of $15,000 a year for the two-year part-time position, as recommended by Strange.
Moulton City Council will meet next on Monday, July 1, at 5 p.m. at City Hall. All council members were present for the meeting.