Alexandria Mayor and Aldermen Sworn Into Office, New Fire Chief Appointed

September 25, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Bennett Armstrong, Pat Jackson, Addie Farley, Jim York, Tony Tarpley
Brian Partridge (left), Jim York (center), Gene Bonfoey (right)
Ria Baker Receives Plaque from City for serving  Seven Years as Mayor

Newly elected Alexandria Mayor Jim York was sworn into office Tuesday night during the regular monthly meeting of the city council.

City attorney Vester Parsley, Jr. administered the oath of office to York, who succeeds Ria Baker as Mayor. She served for seven years. Baker was presented a plaque for her years of dedication and service to the city.

York was elected mayor earlier this month to a four year term. Alderman Pat Jackson was also elected to a four year term.

The council Tuesday night appointed incumbent aldermen Tony Tarpley and Addie Farley to remain on the board and chose newcomer Bennett Armstrong to fill another vacant alderman seat.

Tarpley was named for a four year term. Farley and Armstrong are to serve two years, filling unexpired terms.

All were sworn into office by City attorney Parsley.

One of Mayor York's first actions was to name a new fire chief.

Gene Bonfoey submitted his letter of resignation after giving his monthly report. Bonfoey, though stepping down as chief, said he still wants to be involved with the department. Bonfoey recommended that assistant chief Brian Partridge get the position. Mayor York concurred and appointed Partridge the new fire chief.

Both Bonfoey and Partridge said the city fire department is in need of more volunteers. The department currently has only about ten active members.

Meanwhile city recorder/clerk Ashley Roth announced her resignation, effective October 15.

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