During their Thursday meeting, the Farmington City Council approved the appointment of Holly Joyce as city attorney, a position that up until now has been an elected one.
At its Oct. 26, 2020 meeting, the city council discussed changing the selection of city attorney from an elected position to one appointed by the mayor and city council. It was noted by City Administrator Greg Beavers that most municipalities in the state appointed their city attorney rather than hold an election to fill the position.
That evening, then-City Attorney Julie McCarver told the council she would be open to either option. The council subsequently approved the change at its Nov. 12 meeting effective following the April 6 election.
After the unanimous council vote at Thursday night's meeting to appoint Joyce, she was sworn into office by City Clerk Ashley Bischoff. Afterward Mayor Larry Forsythe, who was elected to a second term in office Tuesday, addressed the decision of hiring Joyce, as well as the results of the mayoral election.
"I want to thank (Ward 3) Councilor Morrison. He was with me on the interviews with [Joyce] and Mrs. McCarver. Thank you very much, it was a very hard decision. I really thank you for helping me with that. Welcome to the city of Farmington. I think you will do a wonderful job.
"Other than that, I know it's not official yet, I want to thank the citizens who voted for me. I appreciate that. I've had this quite a long time. I don't know how long I've done it. To be honest with you, I was one of the councilmen who hired Greg Beavers, so that's how long I've been here."
Normally, the city council officially approves the election results and swears in the mayor and board at the first meeting following election day, but Beavers said this was the first time in recent memory that a city council meeting took place so close to election day. Because the vote had not yet been certified by the county, the official swearing in of the mayor and board will have to wait until the next council meeting April 26.
Forsythe went ahead and announced his committee appointments. They are Administrative Services Committee: (Ward 2) Harry Peterson, chair, (Ward 1) Adam Parks, (Ward 3) Chris Morrison and (Ward 4) Venessa Pegram; Public Works Committee: Chris Morrison, chair, (Ward 1) David Kennedy, Harry Peterson and Vanessa Pegram; Public Safety Committee: Adam Parks, chair, Chad Follis, (Ward 3) Wayne Linnenbringer and (Ward 4) Keli Keutzer; and Public Services Committee: Keli Keutzer, chair, David Kennedy, Chad Follis and Wayne Linenbringer.
In other action, the council heard the annual police department report given by Chief Rick Baker, approved the declaration of Street Department Truck #3 (2003 Ford F250) as surplus property and approved three resolutions. The first authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with Townsend Tree Service Company LLC, the second approved the purchase of Active Network Recreation Software and the third approved the appointment of Joyce as city attorney.
Reports were heard from the Public Safety, Public Works, Public Services and Administrative Services committees.
Kevin R. Jenkins is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or email@example.com