New Mayor Strives For Collaboration
by Kati O'Hare
Apr 19, 2012 | 1159 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HANDSHAKE – Montrose's newly appointed mayor, Thomas Smits, far right, shakes hands with councilor Carol McDermott, far left, while newly elected councilors, Judy Ann Files, Kathy Ellis and Bob Nicholson look on, during the Montrose City Council meeting Tuesday. Smits wore his wrestling referee uniform as a demonstration that council, similar to a wrestler, works for the betterment of their team and community even though they make individual choices. (Photo by Kati O'Hare)
HANDSHAKE – Montrose's newly appointed mayor, Thomas Smits, far right, shakes hands with councilor Carol McDermott, far left, while newly elected councilors, Judy Ann Files, Kathy Ellis and Bob Nicholson look on, during the Montrose City Council meeting Tuesday. Smits wore his wrestling referee uniform as a demonstration that council, similar to a wrestler, works for the betterment of their team and community even though they make individual choices. (Photo by Kati O'Hare)
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Thomas Smits Appointed Mayor of Montrose

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.

kohare@watchnewspapers.com
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