Wall will not seek new term on commission

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By Shane Farley
December 20, 2012 - 10:39:16 am

Taggart Wall - the youngest person ever to hold the office of mayor in Winfield - has announced he will not be seeking reelection to the city commission this spring.

Wall, 23, said he intends to focus more on his career in public administration. He is currently serving an internship under Ark City manager Nick Hernandez and would like to eventually become a city manager, too.

Wall first ran unsuccessfully for a commission seat in 2007 at the age of 18. He was back in 2009 and led all vote getters to win a four-year term.

In April of last year, he was sworn in as they cityís youngest mayor at the age of 22.

Since his election nearly four years ago, Wall also has managed to fall in love, get engaged, graduate from Southwestern College and is wrapping up work on a Masterís Degree in public administration.

He told NewsCow that it was becoming clear that his goal to work on the staff side of local government could conflict with being a holder of elected office.

Wall said he is most proud that heís helped to see the cityís debt drop from $28 million four years ago, to $20 million by the end of 2013.

His term will end in April.

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