The city's gain is Howard College's loss.
When Larry McLellan formally steps up as Big Spring mayor tonight, he also will step down as a trustee for the Howard County Junior College District.
The state secretary of state's office has ruled that the two offices are “incompatible” and cannot be held at the same time. Therefore, when McLellan takes the mayoral oath of office today, he will, by matter of law, resign from his college trustee position.
While happy for McLellan, college officials now find themselves short one trustee and must begin the process of filling his District 3 seat on the college board. That process will begin Wednesday when the board holds its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.