“Now I can say ‘I am the Mayor’,” was the first phrase of Danny Ortega after taking his Oath of Office as the official Mayor of Douglas at the City of Douglas Regular Meeting, held on June 13 at City Hall.
Re-elected Councilmembers Margaret Morales and Ben LaForge and newly elected Councilman Luis Greer also took their Oath of Office to continue their tenancies for Wards 1, 3 and 5 respectively. Justice of the Peace Alma Vildosola conducted the oath.
At the beginning of the meeting former Mayor Michael Gomez expressed his gratitude to other mayors from southeastern Arizona for always supporting him during his tenancy.
“I can tell you ‘there might never be a Mayor with such support,” Gomez said. “I believe that with all this help we have brought to Douglas not only good community affairs but state and national affairs and I know that the new administration is going to keep up the hard work for the Port of Entry, which is very close to being funded. Other than that I am ready to go out and associate with my friends.”
At the same meeting, Douglas’ staff said farewell to former Councilmember for Ward 5 Ivan Huish who ended his tenure this month. City Clerk Brenda Aguilar delivered a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing Huish for his leadership and devoted service through all eight-years he served as Councilmember.
The first agenda item approved by the new Council was the expenditures for the month of May and the minutes of the last meeting.
Mayor and Council also approved the motion to table indefinitely the agenda items related to the establishment of a Youth City Council and the consideration to change the regular council meeting from the second Wednesday to the Second Tuesday of every month.
The next regular meeting is scheduled to be held on July 11 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.