Mondragon appointed, sworn in as council member

Kerstin Mondragon takes the oath of office for the Ward 2, Position 1 seat on the Crossett City Council during Monday’s meeting. (CITY OF CROSSETT/Public Domain)

The Crossett City Council swore in a new Ward 2 representative during Monday night’s meeting. 

Kerstin Mondragon is filling the seat vacated when Councilwoman Crystal Marshall was appointed mayor following late Mayor Scott McCormick’s death earlier this year. The new councilwoman will serve through the end of 2020.

Mondragon grew up in the Shiloh community of Fountain Hill and attended school at Fountain Hill School until it closed. After that, she attended Hamburg schools. 

Mondragon said she moved to Crossett eight years ago for cosmetology school.

“My husband works in Crossett so we made Crossett our home,” Mondragon said.

Mondragon didn’t waste any time getting involved in her community and remains active. She serves as the secretary on both the Chamber of Commerce Board and Junior Auxiliary of Crossett. She is also a board member of the non-profit organization Ashley County Alzheimer’s and she is a volunteer with the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry.

“Caring for Crossett and Crossett’s future is not completely selfless, honestly. It’s my home and it’s where I conduct business,” she said. “If it weren’t for Crossett’s patrons supporting me and frequenting my business, I wouldn’t have one.”

Mondragon said that city government was not something she thought about until a few people reached out to her to consider it.

Mondragon moved to Ward 2 in February and the position for council came open in late May.

“Although I was so honored that people I respected would think that the position was a good fit for me, it was still something I had to think about; and after much prayer and talking with people I decided to interview,” Mondragon said.

Her previous work in the community and her ability to be a team player are two things she said she believes will help her while serving as a member of the Crossett City Council.

“One must be a good steward of hard-earned money, respectful of others and care about the results of your effort,” she said.

Mondragon interviewed with the other council members earlier this month and was officially voted in by the council during Monday night’s meeting.

“I hope to work together to grow our small business portfolio, make it a place where industry leaders would want to live and contribute to growth but also utilize already existing Crossett gems,” Mondragon said.  

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