By Erik Harris, sports editor
CENTER POINT – The city of Center Point is under completely new leadership.
After nearly 18 years of service, former Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson has been replaced by former councilmember Bobby Scott, who took part in a swearing in ceremony on Monday night at Hilldale Baptist Church. Henderson had been the city’s only mayor since its inception in 2002.
Henderson’s replacement, Scott, joined five new councilmembers at the ceremony Monday night. Those members include D.M. Collins (Place 1), Glenn Williams (Place 2), Tiffany Collins Moore (Place 3), Sharon Jones (Place 4) and Ebonee Hammonds (Place 5).
“We have five new councilmembers: four ladies, one man,” said Scott. “They have a lot of learning to do. I know my first year on the council there was a lot to pick up and then have to turn around and put back out there, so I think they are going to do great. They are very motivated, so hopefully progress will start soon.”
When asked about his platform as mayor, Scott pointed to economic development and safety.
“Economic development; definitely bringing in new businesses,” said Scott. “Safety is a huge concern for residents in the city, so we want to make sure whatever we can do to help improve the quality of life in Center Point, that’s what we’re going to do.”
The newly-elected mayor also encourages more community involvement throughout the city moving forward.
“The mayor definitely leads the city, but it takes every resident to help improve the city, so become involved: come to council meetings, come to city events, visit your schools, sign up for PTA,” said Scott. “I definitely ask the residents to do everything you can as far as helping Center Point progress.”
Chair assignments were also announced on Monday night, and go as follows: Collins (economic development), Moore (public safety), Hammonds (finance), Jones (education/library), Williams (parks and recreation).
Collins was also elected Council President on Monday night, while Moore was elected Council President Pro-Tem in Center Point.