The Mart City Council appointed a new city councilman Monday to fill the seat vacated by the Rev. Willie Hurth Jr., who recently stepped down.
John Garrett, a Baylor University graduate, was unanimously appointed to fill the vacancy. Garrett is a graduate of Baylor University, where he also played linebacker on the football team. The term ends in May.
“He’s a really good mentor to the community youth. A lot of people look up to him,” Mart Mayor Pro Tem Henry Witt III said. “He’s a really good guy.”
Mart’s city council is all at-large seats.
“I think I can speak for the whole council when I say I think it’s important we have African-American representation on the council,” Witt said. “He really represents the entire community and (as) a citizen myself, I would say I would be really proud to have him represent me and I think a lot of the citizens feel the same way.”
Garrett could not be reached for comment.
Hurth stepped down from his seat in November for personal reasons.