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Hartselle appoints Smelser as Mayor Pro Tempore following Hall’s DUI arrest

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - "If he didnt want the city to be wet, then why is he out drinking and driving? That contradicts what he's saying," said resident Kim Gibson.

That's what people in the town are saying after Mayor Don Hall -- the same mayor who opposed the sale of alcohol in the city two years ago -- was arrested for driving under the influence Friday in Limestone County.

"I believe he was serving the majority of the people when he voted that way," said Adam Roden.

Roden has lived in Hartselle since 1983 and says it's a shame the  city voted down the sale of alcohol because he says Hartselle could use the money. In the face of the mayor's charges, Roden says his vote against liquor sales was strictly political.

"Just because someone voted that way doesn't meant that's their personal beliefs," Roden said.

"I think he should've known better, and he should be punished just like it was someone else on the street," said Glenda Simmons. "For him to want the city to not be wet and then he gets a DUI? I mean...get real!"

According to Alabama State Troopers, Hall was stopped after several people called about an erratic driver on I-65. Hall posted $1,000 bail.

"My heart kind of goes out to Don because everybody makes mistakes," said Terry Miller. He says no one is perfect and the town needs to stand behind their mayor. "If he wants to resign, I'd get out and hold my head up and not worry about it because everyone makes mistakes."

Calls to the mayor went unanswered. But Monday afternoon, a news release from the city did announce that mayoral power was shifted to city council president Bill Smelser during Hall's indefinite leave of absence.

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  • Nuclear Mike

    The Good-people of Hartselle seem confused about their mayor’s actions…you can bet many already knew what is now public knowledge…”do as I say not as I do”…

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