RiDGELEY – It was a solemn afternoon as the Ridgeley Council gathered Saturday, just hours following the passing of Mayor Lynn Carr, to swear in a new mayor.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RiDGELEY – It was a solemn afternoon as the Ridgeley Council gathered Saturday, just hours following the passing of Mayor Lynn Carr, to swear in a new mayor.
Provisions call for the appointment of a successor to be done within 24 hours; not giving members time to grieve as they assembled in the council chamber with Carr’s empty chair a grim reminder of the town’s loss.
Finance commissioner Butch Hawse was elected to the council in 2013, when Carr was elected mayor following two terms on the council.
Since that time, Hawse has been tight with the town’s purse strings, getting all bills current and making sure there is a plan for each purchase in his pay-as-you-go process.
Saturday, he was sworn in as the new mayor by Ridgeley Police chief Josh Hartman.
“I want to thank all of you for coming,” said Hawse, who was emotional upon taking the oath of office.
While the town hall will be closed Tuesday in observance of Carr’s funeral being held at the Community Center, Hawse announced that the council will hold at short meeting as regularly scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We will start after January making our decision of who is going to fill the job I am leaving,” said Hawse of his council seat.
“You’re in good hands, we will help you,” assured Hartman.
Director of public works Bobby Lambert echoed the sentiment saying, “We’ll do what we need to do to support you.”
“We’ve got to keep the town straight. Keep the money going where it’s supposed to,” concluded Hawse.