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OR Council to swear in new members, elect mayor, vice mayor

Two new members of the Oak Ridge City Council and one incumbent will be sworn in Monday. Two incumbents re-elected to the Oak Ridge Board of Education will also be sworn in.

The two new City Council members are Jim Dodson and Hans Vogel. The returning incumbent is Chuck Hope.

The two school board members who were re-elected in the November 8 municipal election are Angi Agle and Keys Fillauer.

During Monday night’s meeting, the Oak Ridge Council will also appoint a mayor and mayor pro tem. Current Mayor Warren Gooch has asked to be appointed to a second two-year term in that post and is the only person to formally declare his candidacy for the job.

Current Mayor Pro Tem (or Vice Mayor) Ellen Smith has asked to be appointed to a second two-year term in that post, but she is facing a challenge from fellow Council members Rick Chinn.

Council members serve four-year terms. The mayor and mayor pro tem serve two-year terms. City Council appoints two of its members as mayor and mayor pro tem after each municipal election every two years.

The City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday, December 12, in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom at 200 South Tulane Avenue.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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