New council sworn in; Mahoney given strong send-off

Jan 10, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The first Riverton City Council meeting of the year was also the last for Diana Mahoney, Ward 1 representative.

"I accepted the challenge that the mayor put forward," Mahoney said, referring to the suggestion to run for the council nine years ago. "And I thank you for that."

"It's going to be different without you," Warpness said.

Mahoney thanked the community, the council and her husband for the support she has received in the past. She said later that she looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren. She added that she has missed several piano recitals and hopes to catch up on those.

She said the council takes up a lot of time, because she also served on several committees, but it was work she said she enjoyed. Mahoney said she especially liked it when citizens told her their thoughts or concerns on issues. She said she plans to continue with her full-time job as a case manager at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

"It's certainly sad to see Diana go," councilman Eric Heiser said. "(I) appreciate her service to the city and the council -- she gave it her all."

Heiser said Mahoney has always been a close friend, and she provided him with advice after he was appointed to the council.

Swearing in

Councilman Todd Smith, Lars Baker and Jonathan Faubion were sworn into office Tuesday. All three gained their seats on the council after November's election. Faubion replaced Diana Mahoney for Ward 1.

"We're happy to have him," Heiser said.

The council and mayor welcomed Faubion onto the council.

Faubion thanked the citizens and the council for the "warm welcome."

"I know I have a lot to learn, and (I) look forward to the hard work and to hearing your feedback," Faubion said.

After a short voting session by council members and the mayor, councilman Richard Gard was voted president of the council, and councilman Eric Heiser was voted as vice president.

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