- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) - Lumberton has found its new Ward 1 alderman in city inspector Johnny Buckley.

Mayor Kent Crider said Buckley was the only qualifier for the position, and as such, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office is allowing the city to forego a previously-scheduled special election.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1Uwpi3x ) Buckley will be sworn in at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, prior to the regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

Crider says Buckley has been the city inspector for about five or six years, so he’s not new to the area.

A qualifying period was held for the position after Crider vacated it earlier this month, upon being elected mayor.

Crider is filling the remaining two years in the term of former mayor Ben Winston, who resigned in November.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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