Following the resignation of council member Kevin Couch, the Sherman City Council appointed former council member Willie Steele to serve in the open at-large, Place 1 seat until a special election can be held on Nov. 7.

“He has a heart for the city,” council member Terrence Steele said of Willie Steele. “And I think during this time of transition, we need someone who has had council experience and Willie would be a great candidate.”

Willie Steele, who currently serves on the board of directors of the Sherman Economic Development Corp., was previously a council member from 2007-2011. The council said Willie Steele will resign from his position on the corporation’s board to take the council seat.

Sherman Mayor Plyler said last week the city received clarification from the Texas Attorney General’s Office that any appointment would only be until the election in November. He said the council will now have to call the special election during its next meeting, which is currently set for Sept. 18.

Last week, Plyler said prospective candidates for the at large, Place 1 election will have 10 days to file for the seat once the special election is called.

Couch attended the first part of Tuesday’s Sherman City Council meeting to announce his resignation from his seat in order to concentrate on his candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives District 62 seat.

Couch said he was resigning from the council to fully focus on his run for state representative and took the opportunity to thank his fellow council members and the Sherman citizens for electing him.

“I did my best to honor and support by listening to your concerns and carrying those concerns to the council and the staff where necessary and needed,” Couch said to the city’s citizens. “I feel incredibly blessed to have served here on this council.”

As the special election that will be called for the at-large, Place 1 seat will just be to fill an unexpired term, the seat will be up for election in again in 2018.