District 4 Councilmember David Jones was elected Mayor Pro-Tem and newly elected City Councilmembers Randy Moorman and Lisa Smith were sworn in at the Nov. 8 Arvada City Council meeting. District 3 …
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District 4 Councilmember David Jones was elected Mayor Pro-Tem and newly elected City Councilmembers Randy Moorman and Lisa Smith were sworn in at the Nov. 8 Arvada City Council meeting. District 3 Councilmember John Marriott, who was reelected last week, was also sworn in and outgoing councilmembers Nancy Ford and Dot Miller bid council adieu.
Jones takes over the Pro-Tem position from Miller and was elected with a unanimous 7-0 vote, as no other councilmember asked to be considered. Arvada Mayor Marc Williams noted that the Pro-Tem position has rotated on a two-year basis since 24-year councilmember and longtime mayor pro-tem Lorraine Anderson left office in 2009.
Jones said he asked to be considered for the position because he wanted to serve constituents when Williams is not able to.
“It’s an opportunity to serve. The reality is every councilmember does such an important part to run the city and being mayor pro-tem is just an opportunity to step in when the mayor’s not there,” said Jones. “We’ve got a great mayor who serves us well and I hope when he’s not there I can serve the city and the city team.”
Ford, who is moving to Wyoming and did not seek reelection, praised her colleagues as she stepped down from the dais.
“Though governance can be a rough job, the six years I spent on city council were some of the best years of my life so far. It was an opportunity to collaborate with eight individuals from different backgrounds with a desire to maintain Arvada as a great place to live,” said Ford. “I will always reserve a special place in my heart for my colleagues.
“I want to thank the constituents who have supported me, wish the new councilmembers all the very best, and thank my husband Jim for his patience and encouragement,” Ford continued.
Miller praised council’s ability to work together for the best interests of Arvada. She also passed her bedazzled gavel to Jones as he was sworn in as mayor pro-tem.
“We have seven completely different personalities on this council, with seven very different opinions on how things should be done,” said Miller. “We often disagree, sometimes passionately, but always agreeably. We all believe in the system and we all know that each of us has the best interest in the city in mind.”
After Ford and Miller vacated their seats, Moorman and Smith — who were elected on Nov. 2 — were sworn in and made introductory remarks.
“We have some big shoes to fill,” said Moorman. “I decided to run because I am extremely grateful to my community that has been there for (husband) Scott, our son Joey, and me. I want to give back to that same community that helped me get here today.”
Smith said she was excited to get started with council.
“I have learned a ton and want to encourage people to run for office. I am ready to get to work and thank you for believing in me, Arvada,” said Smith.
Marriott thanked residents of his hometown for electing him again for a third term.
“I’d like to thank my family and children for the time and space to do this, as well as all the unsolicited advice I could ask for,” said Marriott. Most of all, I’d like to thank the residents of Arvada for putting your trust in me to do this again. This is truly the best place in the world. I’ve had great success and great life because of where I grew up.”
No business items were discussed at the meeting. The next Arvada City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at City Hall.
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