WESTERNPORT - A new mayor was given the oath of office during the Monday evening Westernport town council meeting, following the resignation of Thomas “Tuck” Martin, who was elected to fill the community's top spot in the May municipal election.
By Jean Braithwaite
WESTERNPORT - A new mayor was given the oath of office during the Monday evening Westernport town council meeting, following the resignation of Thomas “Tuck” Martin, who was elected to fill the community’s top spot in the May municipal election.
“I have served on the Westernport council for 18 years,” Martin said, adding, “I am leaving a great group of people.”
Martin said he had obtained a new job and would be moving from the area.
With great emotion, he said, “My resignation as mayor is effective right now,” as he vacated the mayor’s chair, and left the platform.
Allen Shapiro, finance commissioner, said, “Tuck has served this town well, and now he has an opportunity to make a better life for himself; we all owe him gratitude and a word of thanks.”
Michael Llewellyn, town attorney, then gave instructions to the council members in accordance to the town charter that a nomination, a second, and a vote must be undertaken to fill the unexpired term of mayor.
He added, “The nominee must be 21 years old, and be a resident of Westernport for one year before taking office.”
Tim Jackson, street commissioner, was nominated for the position and was voted on unanimously by council members.
Llewellyn had several more words of instructions for Jackson prior to him taking the oath of office for mayor, and that included the necessity of resigning his council position.
Jackson followed those instructions and then received the oath of office as mayor from Dawne Lindsey, Allegany County circuit court clerk.
Jackson said, “I will try to do this town justice like the former mayor.”
Newly-elected council member Phil Whetstone, serving as the police commissioner, was appointed to take over the empty spot of street commissioner held by Jackson.
Mayor Jackson said that now a new appointee is needed to fill the police commissioner office as he asked members of the community in attendance if there were anyone interested.
With no interest voiced from the audience to fill the spot as police commissioner, Shapiro suggested perhaps the vacancy could be filled by a local citizen, and those interested may contact the Westernport town office for further instructions.