Although state and national elections this month have been hotly contested, the city of Soldotna went through a smooth and successful transition of power last week when new council member Ed Sleater took over for retiring council member Audrey Porter.
Sleater, who ran unopposed for Seat E on the council, made his first official appearance as a council member when he was sworn in by Soldotna City Clerk Theresa Fahning on Oct. 27
Porter was the first person to welcome Sleater to his new job by removing her nameplate from the council's desk and inserting Sleater's.
"Congratulations and work hard," Porter told Sleater.
Porter, a 50-year resident of the Soldotna area who served one term on the council after being elected in 2001, then moved into the audience, where she sat and observed the city business from the other side of the desk for the first time in three years.
Following the regular meeting, Sleater said he was proud to be joining the council and that he hopes to work as hard for the community as Porter did during her tenure on the council.
"I'm very glad to be here," he said.
The rest of the council each took time at the end of the meeting to thank Porter for her service and welcome Sleater to the city.
Council member Scott McLane also noted that with Sleater coming aboard, the council now has three male and three female members.
"It's good to see we've finally gained some parity," McLane joked.
Just before the council adjourned, Porter thanked the council for working with her over the years.
"I've enjoyed working with each of you," she said.
She also promised she'll be keeping an eye on the council as a member of the public, and encouraged them to continue working to put the best interests of the city first.
"Make the city the best you can make it," she said. "Keep the good work going."
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