The Crossett City Council appointed a new city clerk Monday after the long-time clerk officially resigned from his position.

Mayor Crystal Marshall announced the clerk’s resignation at the meeting.

“It is with bittersweet emotions that I must communicate the resignation of our 22-year devoted public servant and clerk-treasurer Mr. Jessie Walthall,”  Marshall said. “Though he will be dearly missed, we are happy for him to begin a new chapter in his life relocating to Hamburg to live with his daughter.”

The council accepted resignation and Marshall nominated Certified Public Accountant Clark Terrell to be appointed to fill the position. Terrell has worked with the city on many occasions as an accountant and has served as the bookkeeper for a number of municipalities in the region.

“Even with this sad news we are in such a fortunate place with having Mr. Terrell, an expert in his field as a certified public accountant, an expert in municipal finance serving Eudora and Dermott as an accountant  — which functions as treasurer handling all their finances — as well as an expert in Crossett finances, serving on retainer as an accountant for the City of Crossett for over five years,” Marshall said.

Terrell’s nomination was unanimously approved when taken to a vote of the council.

Terrell will serve as the city’s clerk and treasurer until the next election. The next clerk’s election is in 2022.

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