Stability has been the hallmark of the Holtville City Council in recent years with the same members since 2012, but each year change does come with the naming of the mayor.
For 2019, Council Member David Bradshaw on Dec. 10 was unanimously chosen by his colleagues to hold that post for the third time during his 10 years on the council.
He succeeds Council Member Richard Layton. Council Member Ginger Ward was unanimously selected mayor pro tempore and will fill in for Bradshaw when he is absent.
Largely a ceremonial role for pubic appearances, the mayor does preside over council meetings and provides the signature for official city documents and transactions.
“I’m honored that Holtville has chosen me as their mayor for a third time,” said Bradshaw. “I enjoy our small community so much. The people in Holtville are great folks and so supportive of a small city that enjoys beautiful parks and wonderful community events,”
He added Holtville has a new water treatment tank and an entire wastewater treatment facility ready for city growth. In addition, the city is getting long- awaited street repaving.
Meanwhile, Ward has previously served as mayor, noted City Manager Nick Wells, and she is in line to again hold the post in 2020.
“We’ve been fairly blessed with the same council since 2012,” said Wells.
Wells said he knows what to expect from Bradshaw and Ward in particular and is comfortable engaging with them.
“We’re looking forward to working with them both,” he added.
Some challenges for 2019 will include employee retention, noted Bradshaw. Yet a small city such as Holtville cannot compensate key personnel as much as larger cities.
“A city is only good as its employees and that asset should be protected in Holtville,” said Bradshaw.
He also pointed out his priority for Holtville will be to keep it the same loving community he moved to in 1992.
“I moved to Holtville because of its excellent school system, friendly, helpful people with an active chamber of commerce,” he added. “I am not an agent for change, rather a scholar of keeping things the way they are.”