MONTROSE – Wearing a wrestling officiators uniform, Montrose's new mayor made it very clear Tuesday that he wants council to work as a team.
Mayor Thomas Smits, who was appointed to the position Tuesday during a regular council meeting, had councilors come together for a hand shake, similar to what is done before a wrestling tournament, in an effort to create a new unity that's been lacking on council for the past few years.
“I hope that we can truly work together as a team for the betterment of the community,” Smits said, who was elected to council in 2010.
Smits has been an officiator for more than 15 years following a successful wrestling career. He used his experienced on the mat to relay his hopes for a more collaborative council.
“I am confident that we have new faces and that will reflect change,” Smits said.
Newly elected councilors Kathy Ellis, Bob Nicholson and Judy Ann Files were sworn in Tuesday, and Files was appointed mayor pro tem. The three members join Smits and Councilor Carol McDermott on the board.
Files said she “absolutely” believes in the philosophy Thomas was promoting.
“That's been my goal from the beginning,” Files said.