Carolina Beach And Kure Beach Elected Leaders Take Oath Of Office

Leann Pierce was sworn in as the first female Mayor of Carolina Beach on Dec. 10th. Leann Pierce was sworn in as the first female Mayor of Carolina Beach on Dec. 10th.

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:55

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town's of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach held swearing in ceremonies for elected leaders following the November Election.

In Kure Beach, Mayor Craig Bloszinsky was sworn in for another term. Council members David Heglar and Joseph Whitley were sworn in for another term. All three ran unopposed in November.

In Carolina Beach, Leann Pierce was sworn in as the first female Mayor. Pierce won her seat in November and that left a vacancy on the Council for the remainder of her four-year Council term. The Council ultimately voted to appoint outgoing Councilman Steve Shuttleworth.

Newly elected Council members Jay Healy and Lynn Barbee were sworn in for their four-year terms on council.

During the meeting, the Council discussed filling Pierce's vacant seat for two years until the next election.

Other than considering members through an application process, the Council would have to make a good faith effort at every regular monthly meeting and vote on appointing someone to fill the vacant seat until an appointment was agreed upon by a majority vote.

Over the years, both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have considered applications from citizens to fill vacancies.

State law precludes a Town Council from discussing or considering the qualifications of applicants behind closed doors in a closed session.

During the December 10th meeting Council member Lynee Barbee made a motion to appoint Shuttleworth to Pierce's vacant Council seat for the two remaining years of her term.

Councilman JoDan Garza said, "Pre-election I was pro application. During the election again I was pro-application. And afterwards I was pro-application despite who won or who lost. I think the majority of people felt that way. However, unfortunately a great man lost and it seemed that everyone started to change their tune. Me personally, from a principle standpoint and what I think is fair is that I would actually say instead of making and appointment is that we should look into the application process" to select an appointment.

Councilman Jay Healy said, "I think we have a very young Council. We have two freshmen Council people. We have a newly elected Mayor. I think Steve's eight years of experience is incredible. We do have a sense of urgency on some issues in Carolina Beach that need to be resolved as soon as possible. My feeling is if we went through the application process it might take a couple of months which we don't have. I think we need to hit the ground running as soon as we can. If you take a look how close the vote was by only five votes, I think the public has spoken and they would like to see Steve."

The audience gave a standing applause for Shuttleworth's appointment to the vacant seat.

The Council voted three to one with Garza voting against Shuttleworth's appointment to Leann's vacant seat.

Shuttleworth, who had just been honored for his service and left to sit in the audience, was called back up to the podium to take the oath of office.

Following Shuttleworth's appointment, the Council adjourned the meeting and departed to the atrium in Town Hall for a social gathering with food and refreshments.

Kure Beach Mayor Craig Bloszinsky and Council members David Heglar and Joseph Whitley were sworn in on December 9th after running unopposed in the November Election.

Carolina Beach Councilman Lynee Barbee was sworn on December 10th, for a four-year term.

Carolina Beach Councilman Jay Healy was sworn on December 10th, for a four-year term.

Carolina Beach Councilman Steve Shuttleworth was appointed to fill the vacant seat of Council member Leann Pierce after she was elected as Mayor.

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