BEATRICE – Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth began his second, and what he has said will be his final term as the city’s top elected official, last night. Wirth, three reelected councilmen and one new councilman took the oath of office during the city’s reorganization meeting.
Mike McClain becomes a new third ward city councilman, replacing Dwight Parde, who retired and moved out of state. Parde left his name on the ballot, but McLain won the seat with more than 58% of the vote. Members reelected to their council positions running unopposed, were Bob Morgan, Rick Clabaugh and Joe Billesbach.
Stan Meyer and Eugene Searcey took the oath of office as members of the Beatrice Airport Authority Board.
City Clerk Erin Saathoff administered the oath to the elected officials.
City Councilman Rick Clabaugh was elected President of the city council, taking over for Councilman David ‘Pede” Catlin.
Mayor Wirth reappointed various city officials to their positions, during Monday night’s meeting.
By consent vote, Jason Moore was reappointed as the city’s street superintendent, and the council awarded a contract for armor coating work on city streets next year, totaling $37,175.