Monday night, the Clayton Town Council voted unanimously to appoint former Town Councilman Bob Satterfield to fill the 11-month vacancy left by newly elected Johnston County Commissioner Butch Lawter.
The town council could have allowed the seat to remain vacant until the Nov. 2019 elections but decided to fill the seat after Lawter won election and was sworn in as a county commissioner on Dec. 3rd
Satterfield lost by only two dozen votes in his bid for re-election in 2017
Council members said Satterfield had 20 years of experience on the town board and would be able to help make tough decisions facing Clayton leaders including a significant sewer capacity and rate issue.
All seats on the Clayton town council are held by white men. Mayor Jody McLeod said there is not a councilmember who is not in favor of both race and gender diversity on the board, and sincerely hopes to see new candidates next November when the full four year seat comes up for election.