The Ash Flat City Council held a special meeting Nov. 14 to fill a vacancy created when former council member Stacey Bratcher moved out of his ward.
During an executive session, the group considered four applicants for the position. Based on experience, Rodney Hallmark was selected to fill the position for the remainder of the term.
Hallmark is a 1989 Highland High School graduate, who attended college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He then joined the military, and became employed by Walmart. Hallmark was later transferred back to his home town of Ash Flat, where he is currently employed at Walmart as the store's asset control manager.
Hallmark said he looks forward to the opportunity to become involved in the community in which he lives and works.
Applicants submitted qualifications to the city council. During the meeting, the names of all applicants were removed from their applications, and each applicant was considered for their experience and background.
Joey Stender, Jerry Branscum and Johnny Bilbrey were also considered for the Alderman position.
Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw said each applicant had great credentials, and the decision was hard for the council with so many qualified applicants.
The mayor explained Hallmark could also run for re-election after serving out Bratcher's term.
Hallmark was sworn in by the mayor and will begin his duties at the next regular council meeting.