BRAWLEY â€“ The Brawley City Council held their adjourned regular meeting Monday evening to install the newly elected Council member Helen Noriega and to elect the new Mayor and Mayor-Tempore.
Outgoing Mayor Sam Couchman commented on his last year as Mayor and all that the City had endured.
â€œI really enjoyed being your Mayor the past year,â€ said Couchman. â€œIt was an honor and a distinct privilege to serve the City and its residents. Along with many challenges, Brawley has had many victories this past year. We can be proud of that. There is a lot of pride in our community. Brawley is a great community to live and work in. As a Councilman, I will continue to do the work of the people.â€
Couchman was re-elected in the November 5 election.
Miguel Miranda, Mayor-Tempore, thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve on the Council and wished Helen Noriega the best in her new position on the Council.
â€œI am very proud to have been a part of such a dynamic team that accomplished so much,â€ said Miranda. â€œI am also very proud to have been able to serve my community.â€
Miranda received certificates of appreciation from the offices of Assemblyman Manuel Perez, State Senator Ben Hueso, and Congressman Juan Vargas.
Miranda lost his seat to Noriega in the November 5 election.
â€œI want to do everything for everyone,â€ aid Noriega. â€œI am here for everyone. There is going to be a change. I want to address the concerns of our community. We have a lot of work to do.â€
Couchman and Noriega were sworn in and took the Oath of Office administered by City Clerk Alma Benavides.
The Council elected new officers for the coming year with George Nava becoming the Mayor-Tempore and Don Campbell the new Mayor.
â€œWeâ€™re going to work together and do the things we need to do to keep this community together,â€ said Campbell. â€œIâ€™m here to represent the City of Brawley. Iâ€™m a Christian and a saved guy. Weâ€™re going to continue the work we need to do and take care of the City of Brawley.â€