Retired school district employee Rick Holley has been appointed by his City Council colleagues as Crescent City’s new mayor.
Holley, the former director of human resources for the Del Norte Unified School District, was appointed to the Council in January 2012 to fill a vacant seat. Crescent City voters elected him to his first full term last November.
Holley was mayor pro tem during Councilman Rich Enea’s year as mayor for most of 2013.
“I appreciate the system we have with a mayor pro tem and a mayor,” Holley said. “I have had an opportunity to apprentice with the mayor and Ron Gastineau will be able to do the same thing with me.”
Gastineau, who was also elected to the Council in 2012, is now mayor pro tem.
After handing the reins over to his colleague, Enea thanked his fellow Council members for the work they accomplished in the past year. He also thanked city staff members for their work, noting that the number of city employees is down to 55 from 70.
“Things may take a little longer to do, but they get done,” Enea said. “I’d like to thank them for the pay cut they took this year. They’re doing more work for less pay.”
Enea went on to highlight examples of the city working to alleviate blight such as removing more than 11 tons of trash from the wooded area behind the Jedediah Smith Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 101.
The city has also received more than $4 million in grants, and the money is being used for projects like the replacing of the sewer main on Second Street, upgrades to its Shorline RV Park and seismic retrofitting of the fire hall at 5th and I streets.
“When I hear people say we don’t care, most of the time it’s because they can’t get their own way on something,” Enea said. “We have to look for the good of the community and that’s what we do.”
The retired law enforcement officer, was elected to the City Council in 2010.