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T. Falls Council chooses mayor


November 8, 2018

Chelsea Peterson

SWEARING IN - Thompson Falls City Council member Tom Eggensperger swears in new mayor Jerry Lacy. The council voted in Lacy during a special meeting on Monday.

In a special meeting Monday evening, the Thompson Falls City Council chose Jerry Lacy to be the new mayor for the City of Thompson Falls.

Lacy retired in September with 27 years of experience as Public Works Director for the city, giving him a unique insider perspective on municipal operations.

Throughout his career with the City of Thompson Falls, Lacy has worked with the council in its many forms and seen mayors come and go. He cemented himself as a go-to man for information regarding the city's infrastructure functions.

Lacy is taking over the remainder of Mark Sheets' term. With cost effectiveness at the forefront of small government decisions, Lacy's attention to detail and weighing of pros and cons for various infrastructure proposals fits the bill for mayor, according to Sheets.

"Being in his position for so long, he had accumulated a professional network of contractors, agencies and suppliers that made him an efficient asset and a wealth of knowledge for us in City Hall," Sheets explained. "As mayor, I relied on him heavily for information."

When it comes to immediate items on his plate, Lacy said the possible sewer project, capital improvement plan and growth policy are subjects he is well versed in.

"Many of these started on my watch as Public Works Director so they aren't foreign to me," Lacy said. "However, our police department and a few other areas now in my scope will require some getting familiar."

As for taking on the position in the first place, Lacy said, "I saw an opportunity to help and provide some continuity and leadership for the city during this time where there is a lot in the works. I was happy to step up and help any way I could."


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