Photo by Diane Cox
Wood River City Clerk Jan Sneed administers the oath of office to incoming Mayor Frank Akers during the City Council meeting Monday.
WOOD RIVER — The city of Wood River has been busy for the last month keeping day-to-day operations flowing smoothly after the sudden passing of Mayor Fred Ufert on March 25.
In a special meeting April 9, Wood River Councilman Frank Akers was nominated, and with unanimous vote, accepted as the next mayor to fulfill Ufert’s term until 2017. Akers was officially sworn in by City Clerk Jan Sneed in front of a standing room-only crowd at Monday’s regular meeting.
Akers will vacate his City Council seat, which he expects to be filled in the near future.
“I would like for us to have a full council,” Akers said. “We’re still talking about several names and soon, I would say at the next regularly scheduled meeting, we will go ahead and submit a name.”
Akers was voted in for another four-year term during the April 7 election. The incoming council member will only serve until the 2017 election, when they will have to run their own campaign to keep the elected position.
Taking one day at a time in his new role as mayor, Akers is settling into a new routine.
“Immediate goals — I’m just trying to learn on the job,” Akers said. “It’s not that much different in terms of preparing for council meetings and doing my homework, but people want to meet with the mayor and so I’m meeting with a lot more people.”
Read the April 24-25 print edition of AdVantage News for the expanded version of this story and more news from the Wood River City Council meeting.