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Laurel mayor position filled by former councilmember after election winner doesn't show at meeting

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LAUREL - The city of Laurel now has a mayor after neither the mayor-elect, nor the man selected by council to take the position attended Tuesday meeting.

Laurel's clerk announced Tom Nelson, a former Laurel City Councilman, was sworn in and appointed Interim Mayor on Wednesday. The term will end Dec. 31, 2019.

Nelson will need to run for re-election if he so chooses. He lost the mayoral race in November to city employee Dave Waggoner and was chosen as the top alternate should Waggoner choose to keep his job at the city. The city's charter prevents him from doing both. 

(Original Story on Jan. 2)

The City Council held its meeting Tuesday without its next mayor.

Dave Waggoner, who was selected by the voters, will not be Laurel's next mayor. Instead, it will be the man who came in second, Tom Nelson, who will serve the city for the next two years.

The swearing-in ceremony took place without either of the two men.

Waggoner had until the end of business day to inform the city if he'd quit his city job as a water treatment operator. He could not have both positions due to Laurel's charter laws.

The city did not hear from him.

In December, council nominated Nelson to fill the position in. Nelson's term as councilmember ended Jan. 1.

Nelson will serve a two-year term before needing to run for mayor again and will be required to sign official documents before he is official Laurel's mayor.

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