New mayor for Bishop’s Cove

Seven seats ac­claimed; town has never had elec­tion

The Compass - - MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2013 - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

Al­though Josiah Clarke says he was not an­tic­i­pat­ing be­ing of­fered the po­si­tion, the long­time Bishop’s Cove coun­cil­lor has de­cided to take on the role of mayor in the town.

At 77 years old, Clarke will take over for pre­vi­ous mayor Lori Ann King, who held the po­si­tion for eight years.

“I would have pre­ferred a young per­son to take the job,” he ad­mit­ted to The Com­pass in a phone in­ter­view Sept. 3 — the day af­ter the coun­cil’s first meet­ing.

All seven nom­i­nees will lead the town, con­tin­u­ing the trend of ac­cla­ma­tions since the town was in­cor­po­rated in the late 1960s. The pre­vi­ous coun­cil only had five mem­bers.

King will still sit on coun­cil, but has de­cided to re­sign her post. She ac­knowl­edges she has a young fam­ily and one of her chil­dren is be­gin­ning school this year.

The only coun­cil­lor that has not re­turned is Deputy Mayor Les­lie Jones. He will not be on the bal­lot due to health rea­sons.

Clarke has been on coun­cil “off and on” since the be­gin­ning but never in a lead­ing role. He does say he is proud of what the en­tire coun­cil has ac­com­plished over the years.

“We are prob­a­bly one of the only com­mu­ni­ties in the area that can say we are fi­nan­cially sound,” Clark ex­plains. “We don’t owe any money.”

Gary Smith, a new­comer to coun­cil who will be 54 this month, has stepped up to the plate to re­place Jones as deputy mayor.

“I orig­i­nally got in­volved to en­sure we had enough (coun­cil mem­bers,)” Smith said. “So I’m just get­ting my feet wet.”

Af­ter the first meet­ing, there are still no de­fin­i­tive plans for the town in the works. They will be mak­ing more de­ci­sions as the time goes on.

“We won’t be putting the town in any big amount of debt,” Clarke ex­plained. “That’s our No. 1 pri­or­ity.”

“One thing I want the res­i­dents (of Bishop’s Cove) to know is we’re avail­able,” Smith added. “If they have any is­sues, we’re read­ily ac­ces­si­ble.”

Oth­ers on the coun­cil this term are Ken Smith (in­cum­bent), Ma­rina Smith (in­cum­bent), Marion Smith and Diane Jones.

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