BULL SHOALS — The Bull Shoals City Council on Thursday night selected Justice of the Peace David Nixon to be the city’s next mayor.
The council voted 5-1 to select Nixon to complete the mayoral term of former Mayor David Hotchkiss, who resigned in early June. Other citizens considered by the City Council included former alderman Phil Friese, retired Ranger Boats public relations official Jim Nolan and former Bull Shoals justice of the peace Bill Stahlman.
“This is my home. I’m touched and honored to be able to serve the city,” Nixon said after being sworn in by District Judge Jason Duffy.
Aldermen Alan Graley, Jim Traylor, Marty Nickels, Tuesday Rhodes and Dino Giannini each voted in favor of making Nixon mayor. Alderman Daryl Lindman, who had earlier in the meeting voiced his support for Stahlman, voted no.
Nixon, a retired university administrator and the city’s director of economic development, will serve as mayor until Dec. 31, 2018. Under Arkansas law, he is ineligible to run for immediate re-election as mayor.
Nixon moved to Bull Shoals in 2013 after retiring from academics. According to the resume submitted to the City Council, he served as the vice president for Academic and Student Affairs of Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis., from 2010 until 2012. Before that, he served for five years as chief executive officer/dean of the University of Wisconsin-Washington County in West Bend, Wis. He has taught political science at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.; Ohio University in Athens,…
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