The City of Oakley has a new mayor and vice mayor after both Randy Pope and Doug Hardcastle took the oath of office during the annual reorganization of the Oakley City Council.
In 2014, Randy Pope will now serve as mayor in 2014 with Hardcastle as now serving as vice mayor. Kevin Romick will now hold the title of councilman. The positions rotate each year so that each elected councilperson will have a turn as vice mayor and mayor.
Mayor Pope laid out an ambitious plan for the year beginning with attracting more civic participation and beginning to look at Oakley forming its own police department.
Here are Mayor Popes comments from Tuesday night.
Thank you all, I am very humbled. There are some very big boots to fill and I will do my duty to serve this city, the residents, the business owners and those who come here to do business in this great city. Some of the things I’d like to accomplish this year, one of the visions of the city is to be a benchmark or example of civic involvement. So I would like to do what I can to improve that. I don’t think civic involvement is limited to 3-mintues of public speaking at a city council meeting. So anywhere I can see opportunities to get more people involved to increase that civic involvement such as bringing back the planning commission this year.
A lot of people don’t know but our police services are provided by the Sheriff’s office under contract and they have provided exemplary services and this is by no means anything negative against them but I believe its time for the city of Oakley to take the next step and set in motion the steps needed to have our own police department.
Pope stated that he realizes some of his goals will be multi-year accomplishments, but explained he would like to get them started. He also would like to bring back a parade.
For a list of the 2014 committee assignments, you can view the staff report online.
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