New-look city council begins work

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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It was a changing of the guard of sorts at Monday’s Decatur City Council meeting.

Three council members were thanked for their years of service while three new council members were welcomed to their leadership positions.

Once the votes were canvassed, making the results of the May 4 election official, Mayor Martin Woodruff made special presentations to outgoing council members Susan Cocanougher, Margaret Doubrava and Randy Parker. Woodruff presented each with a plaque containing a clock – representing the “time they served,” he said.

Council member Carmelina Holloway thanked the three for their service to the city.

“It was an honor to have served with Randy, Susan and Margaret. All of them were always very helpful. If I had a question, they were ready to answer, and for that I really commend their work that they did for the council. We have lost three people who were very, very strong and very dedicated to the people in the community and also to their work,” she said.

“I second that,” council member Jay Davidson added.

When calling up the three newly-elected council members, Woodruff pointed out that it was an historic moment.

“We have not in my memory had an occasion where we’ve had three people leaving the council and three new members coming on at the same time. Usually it’s one or two, but this is an exceptional year. You all are here when history was made, so you can tell your grandchildren I was there when they did that,” Woodruff said.

The oath of office was then given to Place 2 council member Jake Hayes, Place 4 council member Will Carpenter and Place 6 council member Melinda Reeves.

The next item of business was reorganization of the council.

Woodruff explained that the position of mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem usually were assigned to council members with the most seniority.

The council unanimously selected Davidson as mayor pro tem and Mike McQuiston as deputy mayor pro tem.

Woodruff was selected to remain as the council’s representative to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Hayes, an airline pilot, was chosen to serve as airport liaison.

The mayor asked that the council wait until the next meeting to select the Economic Development Corporation representative since the agenda had already been created for the next EDC meeting taking place today (Wednesday) and does not include seating a new member.

Later in the meeting, Holloway, Reeves and McQuiston were selected to serve on the 2019-2020 budget committee, which will meet with department heads this summer to work on next fiscal year’s budget.

Read more about Monday’s council meeting in an upcoming edition of the Wise County Messenger.

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