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Commission names Crossley new mayor of Brentwood

Photo by Skip Anderson

City commissioners elected Betsy Crossley (right) as the new mayor of Brentwood May 13. Jill Burgin (left) will serve as vice mayor.

Citizens in Brentwood do not directly elect its mayor or vice mayor. Rather, the seven members of the Board of Commission vote on those from its ranks who ask to be considered.

Crossley beat Regina Smithson for the position by a 4-to-3 margin. Burgin, Rhea Little, Rod Freeman and Crossley each voted for Crossley, while the commission’s lone new representative Mark Gorman, Anne Dunn and Smithson each voted for Smithson. Because Burgin ran unopposed for the vice mayorship, no vote was called.

“Now lets see about the business of the people,” Crossley said, after moving her name placard to the center of the dais where the mayor traditionally sits.

Smithson and Little were reelected to the board May 7. Former member of Brentwood’s Planning Commission Mark Gorman was also a winner in the six-person race, bumping former-Mayor Paul Webb from his seat on the commission.

Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson administered the oath of office to Gorman, Little and Smithson at the start of the meeting. Anderson was late to the Williamson County Commission meeting, which began at the same time in Franklin.

As of Monday night, the city’s website had not been updated to reflect that Gorman is now serving as commissioner. The website also continues to list Webb as mayor of Brentwood, along with his photograph.

Posted on: 5/13/2013


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