Oxford Borough Council reorganizes
● By Steven Hoffman
Oxford Borough Council held its annual reorganization meeting on Monday night, with three people taking the oath of office after winning seats on council in the election last November.
Oxford Mayor Geoff Henry administered the oath of office to Sue Lombardi and John Thompson, incumbents who are starting new terms on borough council, as well as Peggy Ann Russell, who is starting her first term on council. When Russell was sworn in, her Bible was held by Madisyn, the seven-year-old granddaughter of Randy Teel. Russell is now occupying the seat that Teel held for 16 years before deciding not to run for a fifth term.
Thompson, Lombardi, and Russell join council members Ron Hershey, Gary Tozzo, Randy Grace, and Paul Matthews.
Once the new members were sworn in, borough council next elected a president for 2016. Hershey was nominated to continue to lead borough council, and the vote was unanimous in support of him. Thompson was nominated to serve as vice president, while Tozzo will hold the second vice president post.
Oxford Borough Council then appointed James Sumner to serve as the chairman of the Oxford Borough Council Vacancy Board. The Vacancy Board would only convene if there is a vacancy on borough council, and the remaining council members are deadlocked on who should fill the vacancy.