There’s fresh blood at the table.
Crossett’s newest member of the Crossett City Council, Sheila Phillips, was sworn in at Monday’s meeting. She is filling the seat vacated by Councilwoman Lynn Rodgers, who resigned from the council last month after deciding to officially move outside of the city limits.
Phillips is a teacher in the Crossett School District. She is one of the spearheading leaders for the backpack program in the district, which sends food in backpacks with children who come from food insecure homes.
Phillips was one of seven people the council interviewed for the position last week, and was chosen by their vote.
Councilwoman Crystal Marshall said one of the things that stands out about Philliips is her willingness to sacrifice for the community.
“She really has a tenacity to go out and ask, ‘How can I help, what can I do?’” Marshall said. “Being a teacher, she is also very well spoken, very willing to articulate her position while being diplomatic. I think that is a critical skill in this environment where you are making critical decisions in front of people, and she really helps the cohesiveness of the team.
“Her husband is one of (the workers) displaced by layoffs (at Georgia Pacific), but she is still stepping out. She didn’t freeze in the line of fire. She is still forward thinking, saying that things are going to be good and asking how can we make them better.”
Mayor Scott McCormick swore Phillips in, and he said he also believes she will make a good addition to the council.
“She is young, she seemed very energetic and interested in what was going on, and I think what the council wanted to do was get more young people interested and involved in city government, and they chose her just for her answers and the interest she showed,” he said.
Phillips could not be reached for comment Tuesday.