By Frank Lewis
New Boston Village Council was busy Tuesday night, hiring two new police officers and electing a president-pro tem.
Bryan Charles Jordan and Nickolas James Shepherd were sworn in by New Boston Mayor Junior Williams. The two were to begin duty on Wednesday. Shepherd is a veteran having served in Afghanistan and Iraq and Jordan worked for the Hanging Rock Police Department prior to coming to the village.
Village Councilman Mike Payton was elected president pro tem, replacing Williams who was recently sworn in as mayor to succeed the late Jim Warren.
“I told somebody the other day, it’s kind of neat to get elected to something by your peers,” Payton said.
Payton expressed his gratitude for the confidence shown in his election.
“I am appreciative to all of the council members that supported me and to the community for electing me over the years,” Payton said. “I’ll try not to let them down.”
This is Payton’s eighth year on village council.
“It has flown by,” Payton said. “January, if I get elected again, it will be my third term. The village has treated me pretty good up here and we all work together. That’s the key, really. Mayor Jim and I worked together and I think Junior and I work well together. I really do. I actually have probably known Junior longer than I knew Jim Warren. We used to coach Little League together.”
For all intents and purposes, barring anything out of the ordinary occurring, Payton will be re-elected to a third term in November with that term to begin in January 2016. Payton is one of four people whose names will be on the ballot with four Council positions to be filled. The president pro tem serves in the absence of the mayor by presiding over council and is next in line for that position should the situation ever arise in which that position would become vacant.
Payton’s election rounds out the reorganization of council brought on by Warren’s death following an extended illness.
“Junior is going to do a nice job,” Payton said. “He’s getting settled in now and it’s a different atmosphere but I think he’s doing fine. I’m looking forward to helping him.”
Williams himself has been elected to office four times.
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