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2 new City Council members to be sworn in Wednesday

Councilman Steve Cottrell will say good-bye after 16 years while newcomers Reinette Senum and Robert Bergman will be sworn in at Wednesday night’s Nevada City council meeting.

Councilwoman Sally Harris will see her four-year term end as well. But she will only be out of office for a few minutes before being sworn in as an interim city councilor filling a vacancy created when Sheila Stein resigned in March.

Harris will serve as the interim until this fall, when a special election will be held for candidates to vie to finish the final 19 months of Stein’s term.

David McKay will be sworn in for a third term as well when the City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall chambers on 317 Broad St.

Overall, it will be a night of change for Nevada City’s elected offices. Niel Locke also will be sworn in as the new city clerk before the City Council selects a new mayor and vice mayor from among its ranks.

Vice Mayor Barbara Coffman has been the interim city clerk since Kathy Wilcox-Barnes resigned from the position in January. She had been the city clerk for more than 20 years.

Senum, Bergman and McKay were the three top vote- getters in the City Council race in June. Senum topped the field with 611 votes. McKay had 555 votes and Bergman 547. Gene Downing, the fourth candidate, received 277 votes.

Cottrell decided against seeking a fifth term. Harris announced she would not seek a second term due to family issues before making herself available in June to become an interim city councilwoman.

Locke defeated Cottrell, who ran on a platform to abolish the city clerk’s office, 411 to 314 votes.

Voters will decide in November whether they want to keep the city clerk and city treasurer as elected officials or have them become appointed by the City Council.

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