Members of the Jefferson Board of Aldermen unanimously approved Wes Williams at its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 24.
Williams will serve on the Board through the 2015 election, and will repelace the late Franklin “Junior” Anderson Jr. who died Saturday, Feb. 22.
“In my opinion, Junior was one of the main cogs in Jefferson,” said Alderman Mark Johnston. “He was always aware of what was going on before it happened.”
Williams, worked at Leviton for 36 years and now does freelance electric and plumbing work throughout the community.
During the meeting, mayor Bluferd Eldreth requested a moment of silence in Anderson’s memory. During the meeting, the Board was to discuss a resignation letter submitted by Anderson last month, but the resignation was declined.
“He dies as an alderman and not an ex alderman,” Johnston said.
Anderson served 22 years on the Jefferson Board of Aldermen. Fellow alderman Charles Caudill made the proposal for Williams to join the board, saying it was Anderson’s request Williams replace him.
“We give (retiring aldermen) an opportunity to appoint,” Caudill said. “Of course, we have to vote on it.”
Williams expressed his appreciation for the Board’s approval and was immediately sworn in by Town Manager Cathy Howell.
After the meeting ended, the board members discussed the legacy Anderson left behind. Among the things included his work in getting the forestry service building at Family Central and getting the Jefferson Fire Department.
“He did a lot of things nobody ever knew he did,” Caudill said.
Also noted was his involvement with the Christmas tree industry and how he was instrumental in getting that industry rolling in the county.
Caudill also mentioned how he was instrumental in helping the community have the equipment it needed, mentioning the town was “second to none,” in terms of equipment.
“Junior was really the granddaddy of all of that,” he said. “His philosophy with maintenance was you can’t do things if you don’t have anything to do them with. We have been very fortunate.”
Johnston praised Anderson for his commitment to the town, saying he would drive around the community and report any problems to Howell.
“He will sorely be missed in this town and by this board also,” Johnston said.
There are plans to issue a proclaimation for Anderson and his service during the next Board of Aldermen meeting, which will take place Monday, March 24.
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.