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The Selma City Council Finance Committee wants to hire an auditor to straighten up the city’s finances before replacing the city treasurer whose service was not renewed with the city.

“It’s a bad idea to jump in and hire a new treasurer to put into the mess we have,” Finance Committee Chairman Troy Harvill told the council at a work session Thursday evening.

The city council narrowly voted not to reappoint City Treasurer Ronita Wade on Dec. 14 at the request of Mayor James Perkins Jr. Perkins, citing past audits that found the finances in disarray. Perkins asked the council to replace Wade with Sequita Oliver as interim until a new treasurer can be hired. The power to appoint the treasurer lies with the council, not the mayor.

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