Ezard: No replacement yet for resigned alderman Shaw

By Gary Scott on March 24, 2015 at 1:02pm

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard says he’ll wait until after the April 6th election to determine who will replace resigned Ward 1 Alderman Adonnis Shaw.

Ezard made those comments after last night’s city council meeting, a meeting during which new Ward 4 Alderman Ben Tomhave was sworn in.

“There’s been a lot of good response to fill that position, a lot of people have come forward, and it’s going to be a tough call on my part to pick one,” he says.

There’s a race for the other Ward 1 seat between incumbent Bill Scott and challenger Mark Nicholson. Ezard says he can’t just let Scott keep his seat and appoint Nicholson to the other Ward 1 spot.

“Definitely, whoever ends up losing that election, I obviously know they’re interested in being an alderman. So, they could be in play as well,” Ezard explains.

Shaw resigned last week. He appeared in Morgan County Court this morning and formally pleaded not guilty after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing to one count of theft over $5-hundred and twelve counts of forgery stemming from when Shaw was employed at Woodforest Bank in the Jacksonville Wal-Mart.

We previously reported Shaw pleaded not guilty last month during his first appearance, but Morgan County State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean explains what actually took place was an expressed intent to  enter a plea from Shaw’s attorney, Greg Sronce.