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Cox: Honor former female mayor with photo on wall

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Linton's first female mayor doesn't have her photo hung along the walls of City Hall like so many others who served in the same office.

Now, former City Councilman Charlie Cox wants to rectify that.

Cox requested the Linton City Council place a photo of current City Councilwoman Linda Bedwell on the hallway wall leading to current Mayor John Wilkes' office.

"There is one glaring absence among all the pictures of past mayors, and that is Linda Bedwell," Cox said. "I would like to get the approval of the council to put her picture there."

No decision, however, was reached Monday evening.

"We will take that under advisement," Wilkes told Cox.

There, it would hang alongside the late Tom Jones, whom Bedwell briefly succeeded when the mayor passed away in March 2011, and Patti Jones, the newly elected Greene County Councilwoman who just won office in this month's election.

Jones served out her late husband's term. It was her first public office.

She was preceded by Bedwell, then the City Council president, who served only a brief 19-day stint as mayor.

"Linda served for a very brief time," Cox observed. "But it was also a very critical time."

Bedwell held the position from the March 3, 2011 death of Tom Jones until March 22, when Patti Jones was selected by a Democrat caucus to serve.

That meant Linton had its first and second female mayors in a matter of 20 days, and the two women combined served just over 10 months.

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Her picture should be on the wall, what would they have done without her.

-- Posted by bowling on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 8:36 AM

They would have had cable television for 19 mor e days and would not have missed any television programs!!! Don't you think the city workers was punished by such an action????

-- Posted by Zinkos on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 3:33 PM

Linda has done much more than serve as mayor for years on the city council and when called to serve has never stepped away from the responsibility. Her picture should be hanging with the others.

-- Posted by YRollins on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 10:03 AM

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