Columbus swears in mayor and council

Published 3:56 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2017

COLUMBUS – The Town of Columbus swore in both incumbents and a new council member who won the 2017 election in November.

Columbus Town Council met Thursday, Dec. 14 and swore in incumbent mayor Eric McIntyre and council members Richard Hall, Mark Phillips and Robert Williamson.

Incumbent Columbus Mayor Eric McIntyre was sworn into office during the town’s Dec. 14 meeting after winning the November election. McIntyre sought re-election unopposed this year. McIntyre is pictured with councilwoman Margaret Metcalf. (photos by Leah Justice)

Council also presented outgoing councilman Josh Denton with a proclamation in appreciation for his service to the town. Denton served council for the past four years and chose not to seek re-election this year.

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Denton said he had a good time on the council the last two years and he hopes he has served the town well.

Denton’s proclamation said the town is always appreciative of those who choose to serve for the betterment of the town and that Denton rendered valuable services and many hours of his time to the Town of Columbus.

Incumbent Columbus Councilman Richard Hall was sworn into office during the town’s Dec. 14 meeting. Hall was the second highest vote getter this year. He is pictured with his wife, Angela Hall.

Columbus’ election was close this year with just a 20.9 percent voter turnout.

Columbus has 782 registered voters, with 164 placing votes during the November 2017 election.

Phillips won the third council seat over newcomer Brent Jackson by just three votes. Phillips had 79 votes to Jackson’s 76 votes.

Council voted last week to approve the final election results prior to the swearing in ceremony.