Gerald Schafer appointed as new mayor of West Point


West Point Councilman Frankie Jones, left, and Mayor Gerald Schafer at last week's meeting of the West Point Town Council (Christy Perry for The Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. –  The Town of West Point this week in special executive session appointed Gerald Schafer as its new mayor. Schafer, who most recently served as mayor pro tem on the West Point Town Council, replaces longtime mayor Kenneth Kilgo, who died Feb. 18, 2019 after several weeks in the hospital. Kilgo, 61, had been mayor since 2006.

At last week's regularly scheduled council meeting, Schafer shared, “I knew Kenneth a long time. I think he loved West Point. He did a lot for West Point. He was a friend and I’m gonna miss him.”

According to Town Clerk Joann Jones, Schafer will serve out Kilgo's term. Councilman Timmy Smith will now serve as mayor pro tem.

"Steve Link, former councilman, has agreed to come back on council," said Jones.

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