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Gill, Jerome, Neff begin terms on Langley City Council

Rene Neff and Margot Jerome are sworn in as Langley City Council members Monday night. Both won unopposed elections, Neff as a longtime councilwoman and Jerome as a first-time elected official. - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Rene Neff and Margot Jerome are sworn in as Langley City Council members Monday night. Both won unopposed elections, Neff as a longtime councilwoman and Jerome as a first-time elected official.
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Three city council members were sworn in Monday night.

Two, Margot Jerome and Thomas Gill, are first-time elected officials, while the other, Rene Neff, is a longtime councilwoman.

The short ceremony was one of the first business items for the council meeting. The new faces on the council came after Hal Seligson and Doug Allderdice chose not to seek re-election last fall.

Given the new look of the city council, their responsibilities both inside and outside of Langley were briefly discussed. Many of their assignments, such as Jim Sundberg with the Port of South Whidbey and Bruce Allen with the Island County Tourism committee, remained the same. One major change, however, was the unanimous appointment of Neff as mayor pro tem, the acting mayor in case Fred McCarthy is absent or unable to perform his duties.

“She has the experience and ability to fill in any time she may be needed,” said Sundberg, who nominated Neff for the position. 

Seligson was the previous mayor pro tem and had to fill in for a couple of months when previous mayor Larry Kwarsick stepped down after a criminal investigation.

Jerome also spoke about her family’s recent decision to leave Langley this summer. Her husband, Chris Jerome, accepted a job offer in Winston-Salem, N.C. which begins this week. She said she plans to move there after their daughter graduates from high school in June, at the earliest.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” she said.

 

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