Teacher and community advocate Isha Brown has been appointed to the Carthage City Commission, replacing longtime commissioner and mayor pro tem Ida Beck.

Brown was named to the Place 3 seat at Monday’s city commission meeting after a unanimous vote. Commissioners also voted to name Commissioner Jerry Hanszen as the new mayor pro tem.

“I’m excited to join and again just be here serving in my community, the community that pretty much kind of launched me,” Brown said after the meeting. “I’m so excited to come back and give and serve in this capacity.”

Beck announced her resignation from the board last month. She first joined the board in 2000. She has been active in city life since her husband, the late Herschel Beck, joined the City Commission in 1981.

Before voting on Brown’s appointment, Hanszen took a moment to thank Beck for her service.

“May we take a moment and recognize Ms. Ida serving in Place No. 3 for 20-plus years on the city commission. A job well done, and we appreciate all of her time as a public servant,” Hanszen said.

Brown grew up in Carthage and later moved to the Dallas area. But she returned several years ago “because I wanted to serve in the community and give back,” she said.

In addition to teaching at Carthage ISD, Brown previously brought the “Communities in Schools” program to Baker-Koonce Intermediate School. She is a mentor with LifeCode, active in her church, served on city boards and is involved with several community organizations.

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Meredith Shamburger serves as the regional editor for Carthage and Kilgore. She has previously worked at the Longview News-Journal, the Marshall News Messenger and The Dallas Morning News. Meredith graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2011.