New Mayor Takes Oath of Office

CAMERON – New leadership will take over in Cameron beginning July 1, as City Council Monday voted to accept the resignation of Mayor Mark Frazier and swore in recently elected Julie Beresford.

Beresford defeated Frazier in the May election, earning 154 write-in votes to Frazier’s 77. Beresford said she had planned to run as an official candidate on the ballot, but missed the deadline due to family issues.

At the urging of supporters, she chose to run as an official write-in candidate, upsetting Frazier, the incumbent.

Beresford was sworn into the position, which she officially take July 1.

She said the issues she campaigned on, including focusing on promoting the city’s history and reopening the city’s pool, will continue to be at the forefront under her leadership.

Council also accepted Frazier’s resignation, effective June 15.

In a letter to council, Frazier said it was a privilege to serve as mayor, and he was honored to have worked with members of council on several important issues.

“I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short time,” he wrote.

Council members Ron Walker, Tom Hart and K. Wayne Simmons also were sworn in. Each ran unopposed in May’s election.

However, one council seat remains open, as a vote of council saw two of four individuals receive six votes each.

According to Simmons, four individuals applied for the open seat, to be left vacant by Councilman Chris Hartley.

After voting 4-2 to hold a vote on the position Monday instead of in July when Beresford would be able to officially cast a potential tying vote, council members voted for Larry Hartley and Jack Hart Sr. to fill that position.

The issue was tabled until July when a tie-breaking vote can be cast.