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Wingfield steps down as Hotchkiss mayor pro tem

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Photo by Tamie Meck Hotchkiss mayor pro tem Carrie Wingfield announced at the Feb. 11 meeting that she will step down from her seat effective immediately.

Hotchkiss council member Larry Jakubiak will act as mayor pro tem following the resignation of Carrie Wingfield, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Jakubiak was appointed to the position by Mayor Wendell Koontz at the Feb. 11 council meeting.

"We wish her well," said Mayor Koontz in an interview. "I'm going to miss her a lot. She is a bundle of energy."

Wingfield was first appointed to council in 2011, and was elected to a four-year term in 2012. Her term expires this April, and she is not seeking re-election.

In addition to being able to fill in when Mayor Koontz is absent, which is rare, Wingfield also did a lot of behind-the-scenes work, and always with a smile, said Koontz. Those duties include signing of checks, representing council at public events when the mayor is unable to attend, and sharing information and spending time with town staff.

While the duties of mayor pro tem (short for pro tempore -- Latin for "temporarily," or "for the time being") include presiding over meeting in the mayor's absenc. Wingfield was also helpful during meetings, giving opinions and always striving to be A-political in her decisions and focusing on what's best for the community, said Mayor Koontz.

Jakubiak, who served as mayor for eight years and has served two terms on council, will take over the duties until a new council is seated following the April 5 municipal elections. Jakubiak is seeking re-election.

Anyone interested in serving on council for the few weeks remaining in the term can contact Town Hall.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Council is also preparing for its April 14 meeting, when the meeting at Hotchkiss High School. As part of what has become an annual tradition, members of the student council will participate in the meeting alongside trustees. Student council also participates in an annual meeting at Town Hall.

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