In Kennett Square, Mercomes is selected to lead borough council
By Steven Hoffman
On Monday night, Kennett Square Borough Council’s first meeting of 2020 began with mayor Matt Fetick administrating the oath of office to the three newly elected council members—Mayra Zavala, Rosa Moore, and Doug Doerfler.
Doerfler is returning to council after serving a four-year term, while Moore and Zavala are beginning their first terms on council.
Once they were sworn in, Zavala, Moore, and Doerfler officially joined their colleagues on borough council—Ethan Cramer, Dr. Brenda Mercomes, Peter Waterkotte, and LaToya Myers—for the reorganization meeting.
The first order of business for the reorganization meeting was the selection of new officers for the next two years.
Mercomes and Myers were the two nominees for president. After votes on both, council selected Mercomes, by a margin of 4-3, as the new council president. She will serve in this role for the next two years.
Moore and Myers were nominees for council vice president. Moore was approved as a vice president, also by a 4-3 margin.
Next, council selected Doerfler to serve as the president pro tempore. In this role, Doerfler will preside over meetings if the president and vice president are both absent from a meeting.
As Mercomes took the president’s seat at the center of borough council’s table, she said, “Thank you very much. It’s quite an honor.”
Several council members also commented during the course of the meeting that this is the most diverse group of council members in Kennett Square’s history.