At last Tuesday’s special called city council meeting, Place 5 winner Craig Ackerman was sworn in, taking his seat on the council.

Ackerman won the May 6 special city election with 71 percent of the vote. He will serve a one-year term, which is the rest of resigning council member Tom Stevens’s term, whom he replaces.

Stevens was honored at the meeting, receiving a Texas State Flag that has flown over the Capitol.

Mayor Reed Greer thanked Stevens personally for his service on the council.

“Well Mr. Stevens, we thank you for your service,” Greer said. “Probably shorter than we would have liked. Probably shorter than you had thought, but we do thank you. We appreciate all the service, the thoughts, the concepts, the ideas that you did bring to this council and gave us all insight from your perspective. I think this council has definitely benefited from your time and efforts to this council. The city has benefited from it.”

Stevens thanked his family for sacrificing their time for him to be on the council and said he has confidence in the city’s council moving forward.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have been able to serve on city council with all of you as well as past members over the past few years,” Stevens said. “What a fantastic group. I have learned so much in such a short period of time. I am truly grateful.”

Stevens announced his resignation from the council earlier this year after he decided to move out of the city.