© Photo by Melissa Jenkins
Harbour Grace council was sworn in yesterday (Oct. 1) during their first meeting after last week's election. The new council is (l-r) front — Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams, Mayor Terry Barnes, town manager Lester Forward; back —Patrick Haire, Kathy Tetford, Gord Stone, Hayward Blake and Tony McCarthy.
At the first meeting of the new Harbour Grace town council last night (Oct. 1), a group of six new councillors and new mayor Terry Barnes were officially sworn in.
At the first meeting of the new Harbour Grace town council last night (Oct. 1), a group of six new councillors — Sonia Williams, Gord Stone, Hayward Blake, Tony McCarthy, Patrick Haire and Kathy Tetford — and new mayor Terry Barnes were officially sworn in.
Thirty-plus residents gathered at the town hall in the council chamber to witness family, friends and former collegues take on their new leadership roles in the town.
It was a milestone for the town of some-3,200 people. Residents saw a new mayor sworn in to the town for the first time in 20 years after former Mayor Don Coombs lost his seat.
One of the biggest items on the agenda was the voting of a new deputy mayor.
Traditionally, the role would go to the elector with the highest number of votes. In William’s case it was 1,232. Her closest counterpart was Gord Stone with 942.
When Barnes began to request nominations for the position, Coun. Kathy Tetford hopped up and enthusiastically nominated Williams. The nomination was quickly seconded by Coun. Patrick Haire.
The decision was unanimous. Sonia Williams was named the new deputy mayor of Harbour Grace.