By Jack H. Smith
Editor 

OUR VIEW: Great job by City Council

 

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Pictured is new Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford.

At last week's City Council meeting the governing body voted to appoint Sean Gifford as the new Mayor of Three Forks.

Prior to the vote, the council allowed the three candidates who were seeking the position to not only discuss why they were interested in the position, but to also discuss what their role would be as the Mayor of Three Forks. This was followed by questions from the council and public. After a 3-3 vote, the governing body allowed more time for questions and let the public speak about the candidates before they voted 4-2 to appoint Gifford.

It was really great to see the way the Council handled this situation. They not only allowed each candidate detail why they should be the next Mayor; they also allowed the public to take part in the process.

During my time in the newspaper industry I have covered many town council's and county commissions and I was very pleased with the way the new Mayor was appointed in Three Forks. They allowed everyone involved to have a say before they voted and when there was a tie, they allowed more discussion. This is exactly what you want to see from a governing body. They did not just show up and vote.


Mayor Gifford did a phenomenal job with his speech and answering questions directed to him. He was the fierce combination of prepared, detailed, and passionate. His experience as a leader in the Armed Service will be a tremendous asset to the City of Three Forks. It was one of the best moments I have seen at a Council meeting when one of the former soldiers under his leadership told the council that he had driven form Helena just to show his support and detailed how good of a leader he was.

It was also nice to see candidate Carl "Bud" Mohler Jr. express his desire to serve in the position and play a role in the future of Three Forks.

Although he may have been on the short end of the 4-2 vote, current Council member Gene Townsend did an amazing job discussing his vision of the future of Three Forks as well as how involved he is with the community. Townsend served as Mayor for 28 years and has been on Council for over seven. He is currently involved with numerous committees and his commitment to Three Forks is exactly what you want from an elected official. Townsend lives and breathes Three Forks and the community is a better place because of him.

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The Three Forks Council appointed Sean Gifford Mayor last week.

 

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