After the untimely passing of Mayor Scott McCormick, Crossett City Council called a special meeting Friday to discuss electing a new mayor.

Members passed a resolution recognizing that Mayor McCormick had died and that the position was vacant. 

Council also determined that a new mayor would be elected during a special election and voted for Crystal Marshal to hold the position until then.

The details of the special election were not released. Marshal said the attorney general’s office and election commission would set the details and dates of the election.

McCormick died Thursday, April 16. He had served the city of Crossett and its citizens for nearly 42 years beginning with his time at Crossett Police Department from Sept. 1, 1978 through Sept. 30, 1998, during which he earned the rank of captain and was a criminal investigator. 

He was elected as mayor of Crossett in November of 1998 and reelected to serve four additional terms.

His service extended outside the borders of the community. He was an ambassador for Crossett for 20 years as a member of the Arkansas Municipal League’s Executive Committee, First Class Cities Advisory Council, Public Safety Advisory Council, and the vice president of District 4 2009-2010.

City officials said, “Mayor McCormick’s 42 years of dedication to Crossett was proof of his love for our community. Not only was he the leader of the city but a friend to employees and citizens alike. His loss will be felt for years to come. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”

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