Holmes Beach commissioners return to the dais

Three Holmes Beach commissioners climbed back into the proverbial saddle Nov. 18, as swearing-in ceremonies took place at city hall following a Nov. 5 election that nearly saw a commissioner unseated and included a recount.

That wasn’t the case, however, and Commissioners Jean Peelen, Pat Morton and David Zaccagnino were successful after the votes were counted — twice.

City clerk Stacey Johnston performed the honors for the three commissioners, but first conducted a group swearing in of the charter review committee.

David Cheshire, Travis Casper, Pam Leckie, James Plath and Bob Johnson will serve in the capacity for the next 12 months. During that time, they will review and recommend changes to the city charter.

It’s a process undertaken every five years, but this is the first time in recent memory a full slate of five candidates stepped up to run for the committee. Since there were five candidates for five seats, each was elected to the job.

Johnston said the election process went well this year prior to Peelen, Morton and Zaccagnino raising their right hands to swear to an oath of public office.

Following the ceremony, the commissioners resumed their seats on the dais for an organizational meeting where Commissioner Marvin Grossman nominated Commissioner Judy Titsworth to serve as commission chair.

Holmes Beach typically rotates the position yearly and there were no other nominations. Titsworth was unanimously voted to the position.

Her first order of business was to take nominations for vice chair and Grossman nominated Peelen, the former chair, for the position. She also was unanimously approved.

“I learned a lot from watching Jean this year and I thank her for her service,” said Titsworth.

Morton and Grossman called for an end to squabbling among commissioners, much of which was sparked during the election.

Mayor Carmel Monti agreed and congratulated the three winners, offering hopes of moving the city forward in a positive direction.

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