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12/12/2013 8:14:00 AM
Blythe's newest mayor - Mike Evans
Timothy 'Tim' Wade to serve as vice mayor
Times photos/JACLYN RANDALLLeft to right: Mayor Mike Evans, Vice Mayor Tim Wade, council members, Oscar Galvan, Joey DeConinck, and Wayne Cusick.
Times photos/JACLYN RANDALL

Left to right: Mayor Mike Evans, Vice Mayor Tim Wade, council members, Oscar Galvan, Joey DeConinck, and Wayne Cusick.

Left to right: City Treasurer Christa Elms and City Clerk Mallory Sutterfield.
Left to right: City Treasurer Christa Elms and City Clerk Mallory Sutterfield.
Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - With a majority vote (3-2), the council voted Mike Evans as Blythe's newest mayor at Tuesday night's meeting. Council newcomer, Tim Wade got the majority vote for the vice mayor position.

Before the council took its vote for mayor and vice mayor, city hall staff and administration presented Sam Patel with a plaque for his dedicated service to the community during his four-year term. Patel served as vice mayor since 2011.

All the officers elected to office Nov. 4 were sworn in at the meeting. Wade, Joey DeConinck, and Oscar Galvan were sworn in for four-year terms on city council. Christa Elms and Mallory Sutterfield took the oath of office for city treasurer and city clerk, respectively. Both won the Nov. 4 election after Blythe residents voted to keep the two positions elected.

Evans said at the meeting, his first action he was going to take was to form an ad hoc committee to oversee, identify, and fix the city's infrastructure, after the first of the year.

Pastor Doug Hutcherson from First Southern Baptist Church blessed the council by first quoting 2 Samuel 23:2-4, saying the scriptures provide "two simple requirements for a ruler and the benefits" of following those rules. The two rules: Great rulers are just in their dealings and great rulers rule in fear of God.

Interim City Manager Frank Luckino presented a forecast of the city's budget showing the bottom line to be better than predicted in July with some issues for the next fiscal year (2014-2015). A complete story will appear in the next edition of the Palo Verde Valley Times.

The council meets again Jan. 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 235 N. Broadway.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Denise Crase

How wonderful! Finally someone who cares about the community and not his pocket. A breath of fresh air. Good luck/Godspeed, you'll need it to right the wrongs.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@....@El Pica. Yes, you might be right on this maybe I should have been more Political Correct on this and I should have said it like Mr. "well done my friends" And maybe it would have been more palpable to you.

But we have discussed the lack of diversity of new blood here in Blythe. But what do I know I'm just a Country Calabaza. (Pumpkin)


Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: I'm Just Saying

Now we will soon find out if Mayor Evans is full of it, or if he can talk the talk and walk the walk! Mayor Galvan was good considering he did as much as he could with the cards that were dealt. Broke town!! Wish them all luck and hope they can improve this town.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: now need

A good city manager- would be next in order, or has that already been decided.
I am a blythian from afar, and there are many of us, who are watching, hoping, that we all can be rest assured.


Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: well done my friends

You've got to admire the diversity. A spittin image of the demographics of the Palo Verde Valley.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: @El Pica

Pica, I know there is "freedom of speech" and all, but you are entirely too "free". I have freedom of speech, too, and I can say, "I am sick of your blather - day in and day out. Take a break - please? Sometimes you actually have something to say. But the majority of your epistles is merely flapping your lips. Learn to distinguish, and cut the blather out.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Seeing this photo of these Gentlemen makes me want to have the quality of the water checked.

What's that I hear??? Sounds like banjos??????



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