Jennifer Stevens to End Brett Smith’s Term on Auburn City Council | Local News

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The Auburn City Council voted for Jennifer Stevens to fill the vacant Ward 4 council seat previously held by Brett Smith.

Stevens will serve the last four months of Smith’s unexpired term, until November. City Manager Megan McGowen Crouch said Stevens will be sworn in on Wednesday.

“I have to tell her about her availability to have her sworn in at her convenience tomorrow with the judge and the person she would like to have present. So we’re going to try to do that immediately,” Crouch said.

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders nominated Ms. Stevens to the position, and she was elected by a 5-3 hand count over Ray Huff, whom Councilman Kelly Griswold nominated to the position.

“Jennifer has lived in Ward 4 for 28 years,” Anders said. “She was the treasurer of the Rosemary Gate Neighborhood and Homeowners Association. She was also involved with our local tennis association, the Auburn Community Tennis Association. She participated in the Lee County Junior League, as well as the Leadership Lee County.

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Anders went on to say that Stevens worked for 21 years as senior director of finance and operations at Auburn Advancement and served as assistant treasurer of the Auburn Alumni Association. He said he believed she would be an outstanding member of the city council.

“She would also add, at least for the interim, some additional diversity to the board,” Pro Tem Mayor Beth Witten said of Stevens.

According to Anders, Stevens does not want to run in the upcoming August election for the Ward 4 council seat.

Brett Smith resigned from the Auburn City Council in May after accepting a position at a Florida law firm.

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