HOLMES BEACH – Two newly-elected and two re-elected Holmes Beach commissioners, along with Commissioner Judy Titsworth and Mayor Bob Johnson, are ready to tackle city issues.
Commissioners Rick Hurst, Jim Kihm, Pat Morton and Carol Soustek took the oath of office Nov. 20 during the city’s annual organizational meeting. They then took their places on the dais to make their first decisions as a new commission – electing a chair and vice-chair for the next 12 months.
In a unanimous vote, Titsworth was re-elected as commission chair with Morton joining her for the first time as vice-chair.
“Thank you, everyone,” she said. “It’s an honor to serve as chair.” Titsworth went on to say that before each meeting, during the moment of silence observed after the pledge of allegiance, she asks for strength, wisdom, empathy, and to not be a microphone “hog” to allow everyone a chance to speak up on the issues. She nominated Morton for vice-chair.
“He’s been a commissioner for a long, long time and I think he deserves to be vice-chair,” Titsworth said as a part of her nomination, which Soustek seconded.
“I thank everybody for your vote of confidence with me,” Morton said. He also welcomed Kihm and Hurst to the city commission, adding his wishes that the new slate of commissioners will work well together.
Soustek took the opportunity to thank all of the voters for coming out to have their say Nov. 7 at the polls. “Thanks for paying attention to what goes on in the city,” she said.