Isaac Shaw Jr. is Summit’s newest town councilman following his appointment to the board in a special called meeting on Tuesday night.
The council’s three remaining members voted unanimously to appoint Shaw, whom Mayor Percy Robinson recommended for the seat vacated by Daryl Porter Jr., who resigned after he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives.
The move follows a failed special election that had been scheduled for March 24. Two candidates — Julius Nash and Gary Keith Thompson — attempted to run for the seat but elections officials determined they didn’t meet the requirement of obtaining 50 valid signatures from registered voters in town.
State law says if no one qualifies, then the governing authority shall forego the special election and appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
Shaw, who unsuccessfully ran for the council in 2017, will serve the remainder of Porter’s term, which ends June 30, 2021.
“Councilman Shaw, welcome to the board,” Robinson told Shaw after town judge Jose Simo swore him into office. “I just want to let you know, you see these seats around this table? These are hot seats. … You’ll make some friends and you’ll make some enemies, but you just have to do what you think is the right thing to do.”
In another matter, the council agreed to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds that Robinson said, if awarded, would be used to repair a water tower on Martin Luther King Drive.
The council also ratified two executive orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak — a shelter-in-place order and a 10 am. to 5 p.m. curfew.