HUDSON — New Council President William Wooldredge (at-large) said he aims "to meet frequently" with the other council members to get their input as City Council looks to the future.
Wooldredge was appointed during Council’s Dec. 5 meeting to take the reins as Council President in a unanimous vote. Former Council President Hal DeSaussure had finished his second two-year term, which is the most allowed under city charter, according to Mayor David A. Basil.
"We recently had a very spirited election," Wooldredge said. "I want to work with everybody on this Council for the benefit of Hudson. I think everybody on this council is really concerned about Hudson. We believe in Hudson, I think that is true of everybody here. I want to move forward with that in mind. We won’t always agree with each other, and I think that is really good, because we have different thoughts, different opinions, different views and that is good because it makes for a healthy Council."
Wooldredge said he appreciated the "spirit of civility" of City Council.
The Nov. 7 general election saw six people — three incumbents and three challengers — vie for three open at-large seats. The three incumbents, which included Wooldredge, DeSaussure and Dr. J. Dan Williams, all retained their seats. Ward 3 Councilmember Alex Keleman also had run for at-large; he remains as the Ward 3 representative. The other challengers included employment law attorney David Worhatch and steel sales account executive Gene Fitch.
In addition to the appointment of a new Council president, Wooldredge, DeSaussure and Williams were all sworn in for their new terms on City Council. Also sworn in was Beth Bigham, who won her first two-year term as Ward 4 representative. Bigham had been appointed to the seat in May 2016 upon the resignation of Keith Smith. She defeated challenger Kerri Keller Nov. 7.