A new recorder-treasurer has been appointed for the City of Cedarville.
Cedarville City Council members interviewed and appointed Brenda Breshears to the recorder-treasurer position at their meeting Tuesday night, said Mayor Glennanna O’Mara.
Alicson Reding, who has held the position of recorder-treasurer at Cedarville for about eight years, resigned last week. Reding cited personal reasons for her decision.
"I’ve done it for too long; I’m just tired and it’s time," Reding said. "I just have way too much on my plate."
Council members accepted Reding’s letter of resignation at a special board meeting Tuesday, April 8, and removed her from city accounts, O’Mara said.
"We’re going to miss her," O’Mara said. "She’s been a valuable member of our city council."
By law, city officials were required to attempt to fill the position by their next official city council meeting, set for April 8, a week after receiving Reding’s resignation.
City officials placed a notice and asked around locally for possible applicants, O’Mara said. City officials were prepared to look over applications and appoint someone at Tuesday night’s meeting, she said.
Though Breshears was the only person to apply for the voluntary position, O’Mara said she meets "all of the qualifications necessary to be an officer of the city."
Breshears told council members that she has been a resident of Crawford County since 1977, living in and around Uniontown until she moved to Cedarville in September 2013 with her husband Tim Breshears.
She was employed for 16 years with Mead Containerboard in Fort Smith, the last nine as production and shipping and receiving supervisor.
Breshears later went to work for Planters Peanuts and then in insurance for eight years. In 2013, she worked as office manager for Evans Body Shop in Van Buren, and now sells insurance products from home.
In her letter, Breshears said that being self-employed will allow her "to commit the time and effort required of this position."
"I am enthused about watching our city grow and would like very much to be a part of it," Breshears said in the letter.