Alexandria has a new mayor.
Alderman Tony Tarpley was appointed mayor by his fellow aldermen in a special meeting held Thursday morning at city hall.
Tarpley was sworn into office by city attorney Vester Parsley, Jr.
Alderman Addie Farley was named Vice Mayor.
Other members of the city council are Pat Jackson and Bennett Armstrong.
Jim H. York, Jr. was elected mayor last month but he resigned three days after taking office in a dispute with the Aldermen.
According to Alexandria's City Charter "the board shall fill vacancies"....but any portion of an unexpired four (4) year term for Alderman or Mayor that remains beyond the next municipal election shall be filled by the voters at such election..."
In other words..in this case, the mayor can't serve beyond the next election, unless he is elected mayor.
Therefore, in 2015, Alexandria will be electing three aldermen for four year terms and now a mayor to fill the remaining two years of the unexpired term.
The city government in Alexandria is made up of a mayor and six aldermen. Three of the aldermen seats are now vacant. The remaining members of the council are hoping to appoint persons to fill those seats soon.