First Day for Trumann's new Mayor

January 2, 2007 -- Posted at 6:27 p.m. CST

TRUMANN, AR -- Tuesday was the first day in office for many newly elected officials, including Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters.

She's the first woman to ever hold that office.

"I really don't think it matters that I'm male or I'm female when it comes down to it.  I am a business person and it doesn't really matter.  I know some people will step back and be afraid to approach me because I am a woman," said Walters.

Walters says she is ready to get started and learn a little along the way.

"The first thing I need is an education as to how to be mayor.  I am going to attend my first mayor's meeting in Poinsett County and I'm going to look to other towns the same size as Trumann and see what they've done," said Walters.

But she's not just getting her feet wet, she's jumping into a project on her first day.

"We're doing city cleanup.  When I say 'city cleanup' we've selected a portion of town that has not been maintained in a while," said Walters.

Over the past few years, Trumann has lost businesses both big and small.

Walters says she doesn't know what the future holds, but she's ready to get started.

"I'm excited to be here.  I'm excited for the town and I want my excitement to just generate through the entire community," said Walters.

The cleanup actually began on Tuesday, but will continue until the job is done.  Mayor Walters is also working closely with the city's police chief to ensure the good work they've been doing over the years is continued.  Trumann police have worked hard for the past few years cracking down on the drug problem in the town.