Zane Elliott, a local businessman, was appointed to the position, said city attorney Wendell Trapp.
Elliott was one of two finalists of 18 applicants for the job, said City Clerk Vickie Roach.
Board members discussed Elliott and the other finalist, Jennifer McCoy, before taking a vote. McCoy’s name was offered and seconded, but she received no votes. Elliott’s name was offered and seconded, and he received all the four votes cast.
Mayor Pro-Tem J.C. Hill presided over the meeting, as Mayor Tommy Irwin excused himself. Irwin said he is related to Elliott’s wife, and Alderman Andrew “Bubba” Labas was absent from the meeting.
Elliott’s resume describes him as a self-employed businessman in automotive sales, construction and property management.
McCoy was owner of Little People’s Place Inc. day care from 1998 to 2011, according to her resume. She worked in Tupelo from 1999 to 2002 as site administrator for the U.S. Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program, and prior to that – 1993 to 1999 – was Tupelo’s city purchasing agent.
Three of the 18 applicants who were not in the final cut were current city employees, Roach said.
Elliott also ran for Alcorn County Tax Collector in last year’s statewide elections.
The municipal clerk position was left vacant after the Sept. 30 retirement of Dianne Johnson, who served in the position from 1980.