Monday night at the Greenwood City Council meeting Alderman, Dr. Lee Johnson, expressed his intention to serve out his term until the end of the year and then move on to his seat on the District 75 Arkansas House of Representatives.
“I have been going through the legislative orientation learning how to be a legislator and as it turns out it is pretty much like a city council meeting,” said Johnson. “It is a bigger place, fancier digs, a dress code but it is basically a bunch of people sitting in a room trying to figure out how to move our state forward in a positive fashion, which feels like what we have been doing here for the ten year that I have been here.”
Johnson stated that he believes that he will be able to have a positive effect at the state level. “I haven’t met anyone that I didn't think was smart and well intended,” said Johnson. “It was just a bunch of folks from Arkansas and they were all good people. I am encouraged that there is an opportunity to try and move us forward.”
Dr. Johnson has served on the Greenwood council since 2008.
According to state law whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of a council member in a city with a population of less than 20,000 at the first regular meeting after the occurence of the vacancy, the city council shall proceed to elect by a majority vote of the remaining members elected to the council a council member to serve for the unexpired term. Johnson will be leaving with two years left on his term.
The election by the remaining members of the city council is not subject to veto by the mayor.
The person elected by the council shall be a resident of the ward where the vacancy occurs at the time of the vacancy.
The law goes on to say that the council can call for a special election to fill the vacancy of a term of exceeding one year.
Several citizens have asked to be considered for the position such as:
Joshua Niles, local businessman.
Wayne Robb, Scott County Deputy.
Ralph Meeker, Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Management Division.
Lora Rice, Public Accountant
Jim Newcomb, former councilman.
Dr. Johnson has served on the Greenwood Advertising & Promotion Commission since 2012. He was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the State Board of Health in 2016 and sits on the Committee on Emergency Medical Services, responsible for developing statewide EMS protocols. He has also served as volunteer medical director for the Good Samaritan Clinic and as a board member for the South Sebastian Boys & Girls Club.