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Wilcox Becomes Vice Mayor of City Council

Jason Stein, Phyllis Evans, Mary Dunbar and Dennis Wilcox were sworn in to new council terms

The new year brings a new face to , as well as a new vice mayor of council.

At Tuesday night's meeting, was sworn in along with . Dunbar replaces Kenneth Montlack.

Council members also voted to name Wilcox as the new vice mayor. The position was formerly held by Evans.

"We are known for our diversity and we are known as characters ... a quirky bunch," said Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, who nominated Wilcox. "Dennis is a stand-up individual. He is mature and thoughtful."

She went on to say Wilcox faces challenges thoughtfully and always stands up on the right side.

"I want to thank you and the voters for giving me the privledge of serving another term," Wilcox smiled. "It is an honor to represent the residents of Cleveland Heights."

Dunbar said she was delighted to finally be in a council seat after one failed attempt at being elected.

"There is a spirit here that I have never seen anywhere else I've ever been," she said. "Everyone who lives here is important and I hope I hear from you. Don't hold back."

Council also voted on a mayor/president of council, which takes place every two years. Mayor Ed Kelley humbly accepted his vote and was sworn in with his wife, mother and three of his five children at his side.

"I couldn't do this without the support of my wife and kids," said an emotional Kelley. "Without them, I wouldn't be here."

The next council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.

Tifanny Barnes January 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Congrats to all. One question, do we need a vice mayor??? How much more money will Dennis Wilcox receive for being a vice mayor? What are the duties assigned to the vice mayor? Thank you.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) January 06, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Tifanny, thanks for reading. The vice mayor fills in for the mayor and runs council meetings in his/her absence. There is no additional compensation for vice mayors. Here's more information about the roles: http://www.conwaygreene.com/ClevelandHts/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-hit-h.htm&2.0 Also, please use your first and last name, as it is one of our terms, which can be found here: www.clevelandheights.patch.com/terms

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