By Kent Gray
Triplicate staff writer
As two new officials took their seats last night, the Crescent City City Council elected a new mayor and mayor pro tempore.
"I was going to give a little speech about what I wanted to do as mayor but I think I will save that for another time," said new Mayor Glenn Gary. Councilmember William "Mickey" Youngbood was elected as mayor pro tempore.
After taking their oaths of office from city clerk Diane Nickerson, new councilmembers Dennis Burns and Ray Martell took their seats with little fanfare.
"I'm just looking forward to working with this fine group of individuals," Martell said about the council and city staff. "I realize there is a learning curve and I hope I can begin contributing quickly."
Burns expressed similar sentiments.
"I am excited about the job and I feel humbled how the voters felt about my candidacy," Burns said. "I am looking forward to this opportunity and I hope I can serve the folks well."
Much of the evening was spent in recognition of outgoing councilmembers C. Ray Smith and John "Jack" Burlake ¬Ė whose combined service equaled nearly 30 years on the council.
Gary said he was optimistic of the new board and thankful for the experience he received from the old one.
"They both have a good education and I know they will fit in quickly," Gary said of Martell and Burns. "And I truly meant what I said about C. Ray and Jack; C. Ray has really been a mentor for me and Jack has never let me off easy about what I was voting on."
Gary said he has some ideas he for the upcoming year, including promoting and inviting new business, that he would expand on later.
Gary indicated he may not remain on the Nor-Cal Electric Authority Board, which has been conducting caretaking business until the California Public Utilities Commission approves the utility company. However, he said he would not step away from completing the annexation of the Roosevelt District.
"I will continue to work hard on getting the annexation completed," he said. "This is very important to the community, and (Del Norte County Supervisor) David Finigan and I worked hard on that. It is my goal to get utilities, namely water, to all the residents and businesses that need it."