In less than five minutes Robert Lumpkin was chosen to represent District 4, fulfilling the vacancy of Mayor Mary Mayfield who resigned last month.
“Several people asked me to submit a letter,” Lumpkin said. “And I think if you are asked, you are compelled to serve.
“I don’t have any complaints about city government and want to help.”
City Commissioners made their selection at a special meeting on Tuesday night. To nominate and vote Lumpkin into the District 4 slot and then adjourn, the meeting took the commissioners less than five minutes.
The vote was unanimous.
The city had requested letters of interest from voters in that district and received letters from Lumpkin, Keith Hayes and Mark Hodge, whose letter it was noted was received from the city’s drop box at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday. Letters of interest were due at City Hall by 5 p.m. on Monday.
Lumpkin retired from Tucumcari High School in 1997 and has returned several times to fill in for vacancies. He is credited with lighting the spark of interest in wind energy at the Mesalands Community College which has grown into the development of the North American Wind Research and Training Center.
Known as a s strong supporter of renewable energy, Lumpkin said he advocates renewable energy sources because of their economics and its positive impact on the area.
Lumpkin will fill Mayfield’s term through March 4, 2008. At that time Lumpkin can run for office or step down from the commission.
He will be sworn in at 6 p.m. at Thursday’s City Commission meeting.