Nadine Crisp

South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp

Nadine Crisp is the new mayor pro tem for the Seymour Board of Aldermen.

Crisp, who has held her current seat in the South Ward for more than three years after previously serving nearly five years before that, unanimously was elected by her peers at last Thursday’s regular meeting of the city board.

For the past two years, North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley has served as mayor pro tem.

Last Thursday, Ashley said it was time for someone else to hold the position.

“I think Nadine would make a fine pro tem for us,” he said.

Crisp then was unanimously elected.

In the meeting’s other appointment, Mayor Richard Vinson appointed Jason McPherson as the new city attorney.

Earlier in the week, Chris Swatosh, who has served as the city attorney on two different occasions for a total of nearly 15 years, resigned the position, citing the desire to spend more time with his wife and family.

“My twin boys will be playing their final season of Mighty Mites football this fall, they play on Thursday nights when the city meetings are held, and I’m the coach,” he explained. “My daughter is headed to college this fall, so I really want to maximize the time with my children.”

McPherson will work for the same per-hour rate of $125 as Swatosh charged the city.

He comes to Seymour with experience.

Besides being an attorney for two decades, McPherson is a former longtime prosecuting attorney in Wright County. He recently served as the appointed special prosecutor in Texas County after that county’s elected prosecuting attorney was deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. military.

He also is the city attorney for neighboring Fordland.

“I feel Jason will do a good job for us,” Vinson said.

“And I also appreciate the job that Chris has done for us.”

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