by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
WHITE STONE—Following an executive session last Thursday, the White Stone Town Council voted unanimously, 5-0, to hire William Jordan Russell as a part-time deputy.
William Hubbard made the motion to hire Russell to work up to the allowable budget hours of 32 hours per month. Paul Elbourn made the second and Hubbard, Elbourn, Irving Brittingham, Drew Hubbard and Ran Reeves voted in favor. Kelli Blankenship and Blair Kenyon were absent.
Russell was deputized briefly by mayor Randy Reeves to monitor the town on Halloween night during police chief Cliff Dawson’s absence. Hiring Russell part-time will allow for coverage when Dawson isn’t on duty, according to town manager Patrick Free.