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McCormick back in village politics

Depot committee appointments still source of discord

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Bill McCormick, second from right, takes his seat at the Belle Center Council table after Mayor Rhonda Fulmer, left, said she was not comfortable administering the oath of office to the newly appointed councilman. Also pictured are, from left, councilwomen Dione Campbell and Dee McIntosh and Council President Dustin Plikerd, who administered the oath. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Despite resigning less than a year ago because of personal differences with the mayor, Bill McCormick has returned to Belle Center village politics.

He was appointed Tuesday evening to fill a vacancy on council although one councilwoman felt the grudge he and Mayor Rhonda Fulmer still harbor was enough to vote against his appointment.

Mr. McCormick, who served 9 1/2 years on council before a 10-year stint as fiscal officer, and Chris Bair, a schoolteacher and volunteer emergency medical technician, were the only two interested residents to attend the regular council meeting at which the decision was scheduled to be announced.

“The reason I submitted a letter is because you needed a person and there is a void,” Ms. Bair said prior to the decision. “I think I’m a level-headed individual and someone who can make tough decisions.”

The mayor objected to Mr. McCormick taking the position, citing conflict of interest with a paid position he has as the fiscal officer for the BMRT squad.

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