Velma Amaya-Medina is sworn in Thursday and presides over her first council meeting

The second time was the charm for Velma Amaya-Medina, St. Paul's newest city councilor.

Amaya-Medina was appointed to the council on a 4-0 vote in mid-October to replace Joel Halter, who resigned his position in September to tend to personal matters.

Readers may recognize Amaya-Medina's name as she ran for council in fall 2016. There were four candidates for two open spots and she finished a close third.

This time she was the sole applicant for Halter's seat on the five-member council. She was quickly assigned as liaison to the city's streets/stormwater departments.

"Each council member is assigned some general oversight responsibility for his/her department to deal with issues and bring them to the council as necessary," said Mayor Kim Wallis. "Major policy decisions, regardless of department, remain with the entire council. It's almost a commissioner system."

Amaya-Median was sworn in immediately following the vote and participated in discussions and votes for the remainder of the meeting, Wallis said.

She joins three other council members: Marty Waldo, Mike Dolan and Rosemary Koch.

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