By Benjamin Bullard
The Cullman Times
Things took a big step toward normalcy for the beleaguered town Monday evening, when four town council members took their oaths of office and established an operating framework as the search for a mayor continues.
Cullman County sheriff Mike Rainey, who’s held the keys to town hall ever since the town temporarily shut down Nov. 5, opened the building Monday evening to let in a crowd of close to 40 onlookers. Then, he presided over the swearing-in ceremony, welcoming council members Marcus Bradford, Crystal Wilson, Parish Fitts and Alex Twitty to the beginning of their four-year terms in office.
Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Wilson and Fitts to fill two vacant council seats. Bradford, Twitty and Vernon “B.B.” Fields were elected by Colony voters in the Aug. 28 municipal election. Fields, who had already been sworn in, did not attend Monday’s organizational meeting.
Read Wednesday’s print edition of The Cullman Times for more on the new Colony council’s first meeting.