Grand Junction mayor, four council members sworn in

Tom Kenyon has been elected mayor of Grand Junction.

Kenyon, the District A representative on the Grand Junction City Council, was elected by the council to serve a one-year term as mayor.

Bill Pitts, who fills an at-large seat on the council, was elected mayor pro tem.

The council selects a mayor and mayor pro tem every year during its first regular meeting in May. The process is conducted by requesting nominations and taking a vote on all nominees. Kenyon and Pitts were both elected to the council in May 2009.

Kenyon and Pitts will serve in these roles until the first regular council meeting in May 2012. Kenyon and Pitts were administered the oath of office by City Clerk Stephanie Tuin and former Mayor Teresa Coons turned over control of the remainder of the meeting to Kenyon.

The selection of mayor and mayor pro tem followed the installation of four other members of the council.

Sam Susuras, Bennett Boeschenstein, Jim Doody and Laura Luke all were sworn in.

Susuras and Boeschenstein were unopposed in the recent municipal election and earned four-year terms on the council from Districts B and C, respectively. Doody, a former councilman, beat out four other candidates for a four-year term for an at-large seat on the council.

Luke was appointed to fill the remainder of the term from District D, a vacancy created by the resignation of Bonnie Beckstein.

Luke was appointed following a two-hour long question and answer session with the council and recently elected council members. Luke was selected over five other candidates for the position. The council discussed the interviews and presented motions to appoint a replacement. Three slates of candidates were put forth before a final decision was made.