Long-time Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick has died.
The mayor had several instances of ill health in recent months, and passed away in a health care facility Thursday morning.
Crossett City Clerk Lisa Gulledge said the City Council will have a videoconference meeting in coming days to decide what the city's next step is. McCormick had approximately two years and seven months left in his term.
McCormick was first elected in 1998, having previously spent 20 years as a City of Crossett police officer, where he was a captain and criminal investigator. As mayor, he was in his fifth term.
When running for re-election in 2018, McCormick said his decades of experience were driven by a desire to help.
“I care about people, listening and helping them as much as possible,” he said. “I love Crosett because Crossett is my home. “
As mayor, he served as a member of the Arkansas Municipal League’s Executive Committee, First Class Cities Advisory Council, Public Safety Advisory Council, and was the league’s vice president for District 4 during the 2009 to 2010 year.
“Mayor McCormick faithfully served the City of Crossett and its citizens for nearly 42 years,” a public statement from City Hall said. “His honorable service extended outside the borders of our community.
“Mayor McCormick’s 42 years of dedication to Crossett was proof of his love for our community. Not only was he the leader of the city but a friend to employees and citizens alike. His loss will be felt for years to come. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”
Marshall said she was always impressed by McCormick’s love for his spouse.
"The biggest thing that stood out to me, from the time I met him, was how much he loved his wife," Councilwoman Crystal Marshall said. "It was a beautiful love story, like a Hollywood movie love. They had been together most of their lives, and it was really extraordinary."
Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Mary McCormick, in December 2018. He is survived by two sons, Sean McCormick of Dumas and Wesley McCormick of of Crossett; and a grandson, Nick McCormick.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.