Elizabethtown selects new mayor

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By Ben Sheroan

Meeting for the third time in 15 days, the Elizabethtown City Council appointed Edna Berger to serve as mayor.

A heart attack overnight June 14 took the life of Mayor Tim Walker, who had served just over half of the four-year term. Berger, a 68-year-old business woman, will complete the term and serve until the general election in November 2014.

Walker's death created an unprecedented circumstance in the city's 216-year history. All previous mayors completed their term and no one ever had been appointed to the position.

Discussing the appointment in closed session, the council announced last week that it had decided to limit its consideration to a current council member. Bill Bennett, Berger and Tony Bishop all had expressed an interest and availability to serve.

Bishop read a statement early in the meeting in which he withdrew from consideration.

Since it selected one of its own members, the council decision created a new vacancy. It will be charged with selecting a replacement to complete the term.