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Coffman named mayor

A new Nevada City Council started a new tradition Wednesday night when it selected Barbara Coffman to be the mayor and newcomer Reinette Senum the vice mayor.

Those selections came after Senum, the top vote-getter in the June election, Robert Bergman and incumbent David McKay took the oath of office in a packed City Council chambers.

The previous council passed a resolution calling for the vice mayor to move to mayor and for the City Council member who received the most votes in the previous election to become the vice mayor – as long as no current council member has served as mayor. David McKay and Sally Harris have both served as mayors.



Harris, whose four-year term ended Wednesday night, was sworn in as interim city council member. She will have that seat until a special election is held Nov. 3 to fill the final 19 months of Sheila Stein’s term. Stein resigned in March from the council to move to England.

Overall, it was a night of change for the Nevada City government, even if it did involve some familiar faces. It was also the final night in office for Steve Cottrell, who did not seek re-election after serving for 16 years on the council.




“Tonight, I cease to be a tribal leader and assume the role of a tribal elder,” Cottrell said in prepared remarks. “And all things considered, it’s been a great run – the most fulfilling 16 years of my life.”

In addition to the changes on the council, former city treasurer Niel Locke was sworn in as the city clerk. Robert Wright, John Parent and Greg Wolters were sworn in as planning commission members.

Parent, appointed by Bergman, and Wolters, appointed by Harris, retained their seats on the commission, though they were nominated by different city council members than the ones who named them four years ago.

Wright, who was appointed by Senum, is a new face in city government. He worked for many years in the energy industry before moving to the area in 2000.

Locke was sworn in by Coffman, who had been the interim city clerk since Kathy Wilcox-Barnes resigned from the position in January.

Later, Locke swore in Coffman as the new mayor and Senum as vice mayor.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail pbutler@theunion.com or call 477-4239.


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