By Kristin Fox
With only one change in the membership of the Franklin Town Council, the board held its swearing-in ceremony at this weekorganizational meeting under the direction of Town Manager Amie Owens. Opening the December meeting of the council, Clerk of Superior Court Shawna Lamb was on hand for the swearing-in ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony began with the Mayor Jack Horton taking his oath of office with his wife by his side. Horton was reelected to his second term as Mayor of the Town of Franklin at last month’s elections. He will serve an additional two-year term as the elected official in the highest office on the town council.
“Looking forward to working with this new town council for the next two years,” said Horton. “We will do what we can to benefit the citizens and visitors here in Franklin.”
Before moving on to swear in the council members, Horton asked the council and audience to have a moment of silence in honor of Verlin Curtis who recently passed away. For many years, Curtis served as the vice mayor and town alderman for the Town of Franklin.
Two incumbent town board members, Mike Lewis and Joe Collins, were the next to take their oath of offices with family members at their sides. Robbie Tompa, was then sworn in as the newest elected member of the town council replacing Adam Kimsey who served on the town council for six years. Kimseydecided not to seek reelection for his seat on the board. All three town council members will serve four-year terms on the board.
Following the swearing in ceremony, the town council elected a vice mayor. With a nomination from Joe Collins, who has served as the vice mayor of the council for the last two years, Stacey Guffey was unanimously chosen to serve as the board’s new vice mayor.
With the full support of the town council, Horton then reappointed Town Manager Amie Owens as well as Town Attorney John Henning, Jr. and Town Clerk Nicole Bradley.