Local radio personality Jason Loughary was approved by the Desloge Board of Aldermen to fill the vacancy left following the recent passing of long-time Ward I Alderman James "Yogi" Jones who died Feb. 26 at the age of 64.
Jones served 17 years on the board and had been re-elected to another two-year term in April 2017.
The appointment was made as the board met in regular session Monday night at city hall.
Prior to the appointment of Loughary, Mayor David Kater presented a resolution from the board to Barbara Jones recognizing her late husband's significant contributions to the community.
The resolution concluded with the following statement: "Be it further resolved that we can't replace Yogi Jones, but we will attempt to improve our lives and continue his good work and live our lives as demonstrated by the example set by Jim 'Yogi' Jones."
In other matters, Desloge Police Chief James Bullock announced that patrolman Jason Boyer had been recognized as his department's Officer of the Year at the 27th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night held March 1 at the Mineral Area Community Elks Lodge 2583. Bullock nominated Boyer for the honor.
In other action, the board approved the annexation of two small pieces of property along the Eastern Outer Road; OK'd an ordinance raising city water rates by 2 percent; approved changes to the city code on alcoholic beverages; OK'd a bid submitted by Angie Boen of approximately $15 each for Desloge Community Baseball uniforms; and approved a bid for concessions at Brightwell Park from long-time park concessionaire J.W. Coale.
The board also discussed the city's overtime policy, as well as the possibility of hiring a city parks and recreation director. City Administrator Dan Bryan said he would look into both issues and bring additional information to the board next month.