BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Town of Hatfield has appointed a new mayor after Mayor Larry Stricklin submitted his resignation due to health concerns. Stricklin’s resignation was effective on December 31, 2015.
As part of its first act of business for the new year, Hatfield Town Council appointed Linda Denton as Mayor to finish the remaining three years of Stricklin’s term. Denton has served as recorder/clerk for the Town of Hatfield since 1999 and has presided over Council meetings when Stricklin was absent.
Denton is a lifelong resident of Hatfield and said she has always been active in the community. She and her husband, Larry, laid out the first walking trail at Hatfield City Park and were instrumental in planting memorial trees around the trail. She was voted Volunteer of the year in 2001 and also serves as the clerk/treasurer and janitor of Hatfield Free Will Baptist Church.
Denton said, “I look forward to what the future holds for Hatfield and I am excited and honored to serve as Mayor. We have a great community and I am proud to be part of it.”
Mike Callahan, deputy recorder/clerk since 2012, was promoted to take Denton’s position as recorder. Callahan’s position as deputy will become obsolete.