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.

andquot;I am really excited,andquot; Tynes said after she was sworn in by City Clerk Diane Nickerson. andquot;I know all the councilmen and look forward to working with them.andquot;

Tynes, with an energetic interview and positive outlook, stood apart from six other applicants yesterday when answering questions from council members.

andquot;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,andquot; she told the council. andquot;I want to be onboard this positive train of change in Crescent City.andquot;

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. andquot;We need to wine and dine people to come and see our city,andquot; 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.