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Bob Sims sworn in as mayor of Breckenridge

Bob Sims sworn in as mayor of Breckenridge
May 16
07:24 2018

It’s official: Breckenridge has a new mayor.

During a special meeting of the Breckenridge City Commission on Tuesday, May 15, Bob Sims was sworn as Mayor of Breckenridge by Breckenridge City Secretary Heather Robertson-Caraway. After the swearing in, Sims led the rest of the city commission meeting.

City of Breckenridge Mayor Pro Tem Tom Cyprian presents outgoing Mayor Jimmy McKay with a plaque for his three years of service as a commissioner and 12 years of service as mayor. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan) 

Also sworn in at the meeting were Commissioner Place 1 Russell Blue and Commissioner Place 2 Rob Durham, who were reelected in unopposed races. Additionally, commissioners reappointed Tom Cyprian as mayor pro tem for 2018-2019.

Sims won the election on Saturday, May 5, with 263 votes. His opponent, Allena McElyea Duncan, received 28 votes in the election.

In addition to the mayor’s race, the two city commissioner positions were up for re-election. Russell Blue received 244 votes for Place 1, and Rob Durham received 240 votes for Place 2. There were a total of 291 votes cast during the election.

Sims replaced Jimmy McKay, who decided not to run for re-election. He was elected as mayor in 2006 after serving as Place 4 City Commissioner for three years.

During the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Cyprian presented McKay with a plaque for his three years of service as a commissioner and 12 years of service as mayor.

McKay told the commissioners it had been a real privilege working with the them because they had kept the city and its citizens’ best interests in mind when making their  decisions, whether it was trying to do budgeting or taking care of city staff and employees and equipment.

“I know it’s been tough the last few years, but things are improving,” McKay said. “And, I think that it’s improving because of all the hard work that y’all have done as a commission and the work the staff has done. That is what I’m going to miss the most, is all you guys, the employees, all the ladies up in the office; it’s just been a privilege. ”

Shortly before Sims was sworn in, commissioners approved the authorization for the emergency replacement of a water line on U.S. Highway 180 East. The estimated cost for the repair is around $200,000. City of Breckenridge Director of Public Works Houston Satterwhite told commissioners the repair work will be done by Badger Oil Field Service and Supply, that came in with the low bid.

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: City Secretary Heather Robertson-Caraway swears in Bob Sims (left) as Mayor of Breckenridge, Place 2 Commissioner Rob Durham (center) and Place 1 Commissioner Russell Blue during a special meeting of the Breckenridge City Commission. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Newly sworn in Mayor Bob Sims (right) conducts his first city commission meeting Tuesday night. Also pictured are Commissioner David Wimberley (left) and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Cyprian. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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QUILT SHOW The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center’s 2018 Quilt Show opened May 8 and will continue through June 29. The BFAC is located at 207 N. Breckenridge Ave. and is open to the public.

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