POINT PLEASANT — After a closely watched municipal election in the City of Point Pleasant, the latest incarnation of city council has been sworn in to serve four-year terms that began July 1.
Recently, Mason County Commissioner Miles Epling swore in Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, council-at-large members Janet Hartley and Charles Towner, as well as council members Elizabeth Jones from ward one, Jerrie Howard from ward two, Leigh Ann Shepard from ward four, Elaine Hunt from ward five, Olivia Warner from ward six. Due to scheduling conflicts Councilmen Gabe Roush and Brad Deal were sworn in at a later date.
Billings swore in Roush who will represent the third ward and Judge David W. Nibert gave the oath of office to Deal who will represent the seventh ward. Councilman Rick Simpkins of ward eight will be sworn in prior to Monday’s regular council meeting set for 7 p.m. at the municipal building.
Monday’s meeting will be the first for freshman council members Howard, Roush, Shepard, Deal and Warner. Incumbents returning to council will be Hartley, Towner, Jones, Hunt and Simpkins.
At the last regular council meeting, honored for their service, were outgoing members Bob Doeffinger, Allen Moran, Keith Sargent, Bob Rulen and Charles Garland.
This new council will be inheriting issues such as dealing with dilapidated properties, attracting new businesses, maintaining a historic district in downtown Point Pleasant, creating new recreational activities, paving projects and more.
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