By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Jerry Grubbs of Shannon honored his wife’s memory Tuesday night when he was sworn in as the newest member of the Shannon Board of Aldermen, filling the seat vacated when Debra Grubbs died in February.
Debra Grubbs served as alderwoman of Shannon’s Ward 3 for 10 years before her death Feb. 25 at age 62.
“Her heart was in public service,” said Grubbs. “She tried to do anything to help the town and the citizens of the town. She had a real heart for people.”
After her death, Shannon Mayor Ronnie Hallmark called Grubbs and asked him to fill the seat and finish her term.
“I felt it an honor to get to fill out the rest of her term as an alderman and I’ll do as much as I can to follow in her footsteps and do what I can for the citizens of Shannon,” Grubbs said.
Hallmark said he and the rest of the Shannon board decided Grubbs would be a good fit to fill his wife’s seat until the term is up at the end of June.
“She was real nice to work with and real easy going and liked doing the right thing,” said Shannon Mayor Ronnie Hallmark. “She loved people and working for her town and the people that live in this town. She’s truly going to be missed. Not only did we work together, but she was my friend.”
State law allows a municipal board to appoint someone to fill a vacancy instead of holding a special election if the term has less than six months remaining.
Grubbs said he will do his best to follow in the footsteps of his wife of 45 years this month.
“She had no special project in mind, just helping all the citizens of Shannon, especially Ward 3, with daily service,” he said.