Staunton, Waynesboro Swear in Leaders

By: Amy Kehm, Sonia Randev
By: Amy Kehm, Sonia Randev

In Staunton on Thursday, a familiar face was re-selected to lead City Council. Mayor John Avoli will retain his gavel. He was voted back in unanimously. Avoli's been Mayor for 14 years.

Vice-Mayor responsibilities, though, have shifted over to former Deputy Police Chief Lacy King. King follows in Councilman Dick Robinson's footsteps. He told TV-3 that he's happy to serve and is willing to his part whenever his colleagues ask him.

"It's a team and it's one of the best experiences I've ever had. And we do disagree on philosophy and certain issues but once the vote's taken, we continue to march," says King.

King's been on the Council for two years and previously served Staunton as Interim Assistant City Manager.

In Waynesboro, both top titles are now held by new council members. Tom Reynolds will serve as Mayor. Nancy Dowdy will serve as Vice-Mayor. Reynolds was re-elected to the Council in May. He replaces Chuck Ricketts who was the Mayor for eight years.

Dowdy replaces Jack Higgs, who retired form City Council this month. Both Dowdy and Reynolds say they're excited about Waynesboro's recent changes and that they look forward to revitalizing the downtown area.

"Over the next two years, I'm going to focus on developing plans for the implementation to our council vision that we adopted back in January," says Reynolds.

Dowdy notes, "I would like to see our city beautified. I'd like to see our city more viable and economically sound. We've had a lot of changes in the past couple years that I've been there. I'm excited about the changes and I think they're positive."

Dowdy is the first woman to hold the position of Vice-Mayor in Waynesboro.

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