River Falls City Council Hopes To Move Forward After Former Mayor Hixon's Resignation


By Catalina Trivino

From Covington County -- City Council members in River Falls are trying to move forward.. after their 91-year-old mayor resigned following her arrest.


Last week, 91-year old former River falls mayor, Mary Hixon, plead guilty to theft of property and resigned. Now, there's questions about what's going to happen. CBS-8 spoke with city council members, who talk about changes they hope will restore confidence in the people.

River Falls city council member, Mattie Freeney, has taken the lead as members sort through who will be the town's next mayor after Mary Hixon's resignation,

"I don't know what happened along the way, but kind of hurt and disappointed I guess," Said Council woman, Mattie Freeney, who has been serving the city for the last 12 years. She says the city has a lot to work on -- but most importantly, she says this council is looking to re-focus themselves on the people.

"If there is no trust, you don't have anything, so that's what I'm hoping... that the people will trust their council. That whoever the new mayor will be that there is confidence in that person," Said Freeney.

The Covington County's District Attorney's office says they found discrepancies in how $200,000 of city funds were being spent. Council member, Richard Bowden says he hopes to have an audit report to determine how much money the city has to work with.

"We've got to get an audit, I think as soon as possible. And from the external, of course, but before we can start spending money... should I say... we've got to find out what we have," Said newly elected councilman, Bowden.

It's an issue River Falls residents say they're keeping in mind, as well.

"I would hope we can all move forward from what's going on and figure out a way to generate revenue," Said River Falls resident, Nick Hall.

Hixon's arrest has made national headlines and council members and residents say it's been overwhelming for them, but they hope to turn this situation into a positive one.

Council members hope to elect a mayor pro-tem during their next council meeting on Monday, November 5th.


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