Borough council names new member after Soto resigns
Borough council has a new member.
Tuesday night, council unanimously selected Jessie Webb to replace North Ward Councilman Edwin Soto, who announced his resignation at the Feb. 8 meeting.
Those interested in filling his seat for the two years remaining on his term had until March 8 to apply.
According to Borough Manager E. Jean Krack, seven people applied. They were Jonathan Denny,
Jill Dilworth, Daniel McNeill, Craig Tavani, Garret Vail, Jessie Webb and Mari Wineburg.
Council interviewed all seven at a special hourlong meeting Tuesday night prior to the regular council meeting, which began at 7 p.m.
Nearly four hours later, at the end of that meeting, Vail and Webb were the two people nominated to fill the post. Webb was nominated by Councilwoman Beth Burckley and Vail by Councilman Brian Weiss.
Council voted in the order the nominations were made and six council members voted for Webb. Councilwoman
Dana Dugan had left the meeting at that point. Webb was immediately sworn in and took her seat.
Council also adopted a resolution officially thanking and recognizing Soto for his six years of service on council, where he served on the beautification committee.
According to a Tweet from ACLAMO, a LatinX activist group, Soto is the “the first ever Latino to have been elected for this position in Phoenixville.” They also Tweeted the Spanish phrase “Orgullo latino!” which translates into English as “Latin Pride.”