Without discussion, the White Bluff Town Council approved on second and final reading an ordinance to increase the salary of the municipal court judge from $430 a month to $1,000. White Bluff Mayor Linda Hayes said at the December meeting that current Judge William Hamilton had recommended the salary be increased as the duties of the judge have grown and could increase with a second day of court each month becoming necessary over the next eight years. The salary increase takes effect with the term of office to begin in September after the Aug. 7 election. Hayes said last month that Hamilton had indicated he does not plan to seek another, but the judge reportedly has made statements since that time that he is reconsidering. As of Friday, Hamilton has not picked up papers to begin the qualifying process to be on the August ballot. Two local attorneys, Leonard G. Belmares II and Peggy R. Smith, have started qualifying petitions. The council approved the salary increase last week 3-0 with Vice Mayor Todd Hamilton abstaining because the current judge is his father and Councilman Dan Clark absent. In addition to increasing the judge’s salary, the council voted unanimously to officially name Andrew E. Mills as assistant town attorney. Stan Reynolds currently serves as the town’s attorney but said last week he is not sure how much longer he plans to continue practicing either full-time or part-time. Reynolds told the council it is a good idea to have Mills on record as assistant attorney so he can handle the town’s legal issues when Reynolds is unavailable. A White Bluff resident, Mills earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in 2009 and his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2012. He became an associate at Reynolds, Potter, Ragan and Vandivort in August 2012 and serves as secretary-treasurer of the Dickson County Bar Association and is a member of the White Bluff Downtown Revitalization Steering Committee. Attorneys for Reynolds, Potter, Ragan and Vandivort serve as attorneys of record for White Bluff, Vanleer, Charlotte, Burns and Dickson County.