Elementary school-aged Girl Scouts from Troop 12380 led the Pledge of Allegiance to open Troutdale City Council's first meeting of the year on Tuesday evening, Jan. 8.
As part of the new year, three Troutdale councilors were sworn in to four-year terms during a ceremony before the first meeting. Councilor David Ripma was sworn in for another term for Position 1. He has served on council for more than 20 years.
Ripma was joined by Jamie Kranz and Nick Moon, who were both sworn in for their first terms.
"Jamie and Nick will see how easy it is," Ripma said after taking the oath. "I welcome new blood — and there is value in having the historical perspective."
Ripma, who ran unopposed in the November general election, was later elected by unanimous vote as City Council president. He works as a patent lawyer for Sharp Labs of America in Camas, Wash.
Kranz did not draw challenges for council Position 3. The seat was vacated by Larry Morgan, who opted to not file for re-election.
"I look forward to working on the council and serving the community," Kranz said.
Kranz is a stay-at-home parent. She has served on Troutdale's Planning Commission, Budget and Town Center committees.
Moon was the only council candidate to face challengers for his position. He fended off council bids from Paul Wilcox and Deb Reuter to win Position 5.
"I just appreciate everyone's support and hope to make everyone proud," Moon said.
Moon is the owner of Tone Proper AV, where he masters analog music projects and does audio consulting for large music venues. He replaces Rich Allen, who served on the council for two terms and did not file for re-election.
Now a private citizen, Allen spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting to offer words of wisdom, advising councilors to never promise their vote and come to meetings prepared.
"Don't just read the packet. Understand and verify," Allen said. "Consider differing views."
Informational packets are provided to councilors before each meeting. Materials include the agenda and detailed Troutdale staff reports about what will be voted on and discussed.
The newly elected members join Mayor Casey Ryan and councilors Randy Lauer, Glenn White and Zach Hudson to comprise the seven-member government body. The council terms for Ryan, Lauer, White and Hudson expire in 2020.
During the swearing-in ceremony, City Manager Ray Young said the new councilors bring a fresh perspective to the public body. Five council members are serving in their first term.
"We have a great mixture of experience and youth," Young said.
He suggested the new council work toward making Troutdale a better place with an eye toward improving the city for the future.
"We want the citizens of Troutdale 50 years from now to say, 'We are so thankful of the decisions council made in 2019,'" Young said.
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