On Monday, May 2, at the Milford City Council Reorganization Meeting, Mayor Bryan Shupe along with four councilmembers were sworn in by the Honorable William J. Walls, Jr. Arthur J. “Archie” Campbell was sworn in for his first two-year term, while Councilwomen Lisa Ingram Peel and Katrina Wilson as well as Councilman Owen Brooks and Mayor Shupe returned to council after running unopposed. Councilman Campbell defeated Anne Villalobos in an election on April 26, 2016.
City Manager Eric Norenberg read the results of the April 26 election and explained that Mayor Shupe, Councilwoman Wilson and Councilwoman Peel were unopposed, canceling the need for an election for their seats on council.
“Congratulations to members and to Archie for winning his election,” Mayor Shupe said after the swearing in. “It has been an honor to serve over the last two years in my hometown. I am sure the others sworn in tonight feel the same way. I believe we have come a long way in two years and I know we will go far over the next two as well with our experienced and new members. We have an eclectic group on council and I think we are moving in a positive direction. The future of Milford looks bright.”
Councilman Doug Morrow was elected Vice-Mayor and David Rutt was reappointed as City Solicitor. The Workforce Development Commissions were also renewed for another year.
“Over the next few weeks, I would like for council to let me know what committees they would like to serve on and those that they would prefer not serving on,” Mayor Shupe said. “I think we need to shuffle up membership on committees so that council can be more involved in different aspects of city government. I believe each councilperson should chair at least one committee, but we will not ask you to serve on more than three.”
With the election of Councilman Campbell, who took the seat vacated by Garrett Grier when he decided to step down to spend more time in his business and with his family, there is now an opening on the Planning Commission. Mayor Shupe asked council to inform him or the City Manager of names of those who may be willing to serve on the commission.
Councilman Campbell said that he is very thankful for all those who voted for him in the election and that he hopes to serve them well over the next two years. “My goal is to see the things we started on Planning Commission completed,” Mr. Campbell said. “I knocked on a lot of doors during the election and I learned a lot about what people want to see happen in Milford. Citizens of my ward have some very good ideas and some strong opinions. I am hoping to apply what I learned to my seat on council and give them the representation they deserve.”
The first meeting of the new council will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016.