By Kent Gray
Triplicate staff writer
Irene Tynes was appointed to fill the vacant position on the Crescent City City Council last night.
Tynes, a retired nurse who has been active in several civic functions in recent years, was unanimously voted into office after receiving a nomination from Councilman Dennis Burns.
"I am really excited," Tynes said after she was sworn in by City Clerk Diane Nickerson. "I know all the councilmen and look forward to working with them."
Tynes, with an energetic interview and positive outlook, stood apart from six other applicants yesterday when answering questions from council members.
"There are a number of reasons I want to serve on this board. Mainly, because I think the council in the last several years has made some major positive changes in our community," she told the council. "I want to be onboard this positive train of change in Crescent City."
She listed her top items of concern for the city as:
Completing the revamped wastewater treatment plant,
Stimulating economic development within the city,
Having better coordination between the city, Del Norte County and the Crescent City Harbor District.
She said a major component in attracting people and businesses to Crescent City is simply inviting them here to view the area. "We need to wine and dine people to come and see our city," she said.
Tynes graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and biology. She has worked as a vascular technologist and nurse from 1989 to 1999, and as a nurse and billing manager from 1999 to 2002.
She is currently a member of the Crescent City Planning Commission, the Endowment Board for the College of the Redwoods and the Vice-Chair for the School Site Council for the Mary Peacock School.