Oxford taps Eady to serve on its council

OXFORD - Election Day is over, but the Oxford City Council received a new councilman at Monday's regular meeting.

Former Oxford City Councilman Virgil Eady was chosen to serve on Council Post 4 as a replacement for Jerry Roseberry, who resigned from the post earlier this year to run for mayor.

Eady was one of four names nominated by current City Council members Monday night. Other candidates were Emma Lou Patterson, Norbert Thompson and Bill Shapiro.

After a vote from current Mayor William Murdy and the five other council members, the result was a tie.

After another vote and tie, Eady was selected.

"I'm looking forward to serve," Eady said Tuesday. "I appreciate the confidence they have in me to bring me back on."

Eady served a four-year term on the council that ended in 2005. Before that, he was chairman of the planning commission for eight years.

He said what he accomplished during his term was "quiet," but he specialized in planning and zoning and personnel.

In his coming term, he's willing to do a variety of tasks.

"I'll serve in whatever capacity the mayor feels I can," he said. "I want to be supportive of the new administration as they come in and help move the council forward."

Since he is Roseberry's replacement, Eady was able to join the council and vote on other matters of business starting Monday night.

He will be sworn in with the other elected candidates on Jan. 7, when Roseberry will begin his term as mayor.

Eady will serve a two-year term as a council member to finish the post's four-year term.

"I look forward to the next two years and to keep Oxford the quiet, peaceful town that it is now," he said.

If he chooses, he can run again at the end of his term, but he hasn't decided yet if he will run again.

"It's much too early for me to think about that yet," he said.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.