‘Bid’ Smith takes oath as Livingston alderman

new aldermanLIVINGSTON -- The Livingston City Council appointed Marion A. “Bid” Smith” as a new alderman during a special called meeting on Tuesday to fill the position left by the incoming city manager.

Smith, a Livingston native and former Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector, was sworn-in as alderman Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the council that was created by the resignation of Bill Wiggins, who will become city manager starting Oct. 1. Smith will serve the remaining term of the position until the next city election in May 2018.

“On behalf of the city council, we are so pleased that Bid has accepted the appointment. Bid understands the meaning of public service and brings his level maturity and responsiveness to which we are accustomed on the council. We look forward to his input and participation in the coming months,” Mayor Clarke Evans said after Tuesday’s meeting.

Smith graduated from Livingston High School as valedictorian and later graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in business. He served as the Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector for 20 years, retiring from that position in 2012. Smith is married to Grace, his wife of 36 years, and is an active member of the Livingston Lions Club.

“I would like to thank the Livingston City Council, mayor and city manager for giving me the opportunity to serve as interim city council member,” Smith said. “I will give you the best of my ability in order to serve all of the citizens of Livingston in a fair and responsible manner. I am proud to say that I have been a lifelong citizen of the city and look forward to serving on the council to keep our city safe, progressive and stable.”