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Alderman becomes new Glen mayor


By Jebb Johnston jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

A Glen alderman has moved up to the mayor's post.

David J. Derrick was the only person to qualify to run in the town's special election for mayor to complete the term of the late Danny Beavers. With only one candidate, the town is not required to hold the election.

Derrick's move from aldermen to mayor creates a vacancy on the board. Municipal Clerk Lynn Fielding said the board will meet later this week to schedule a special election to fill that vacancy.

Derrick is a law enforcement officer in Tishomingo County, where he coordinates the DARE drug education program for youth. He was formerly a deputy in Alcorn County, where he also served as DARE officer.

He is a 1987 Kossuth High School graduate, 2007 graduate of Mississippi Delta Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy and 2008 graduate of DARE officer training.

Derrick will complete the remainder of the current term, which expires in mid-2021.

Beavers, who died April 5, served less than a year, having taken office last July as the town's first new mayor in almost 12 years. He was a retired criminal investigator for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Once the special election for alderman is set, anyone who wishes to qualify will need to submit a petition signed by at least 15 valid Glen voters.