Former Valley Grande council member will finish term

Published 10:29 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Former Valley Grande City Council member Patsy Moore will fill an empty seat after she is sworn in on April 18.

She was chosen by a unanimous vote of the council at a meeting Monday, beating out two other people who were also being considered: Victoria Calhoun and David B. Barnes.

Moore will replace Jane Craig, who stepped down from her seat in February. She said she decided to apply after several people asked her to come back.

“Since I was familiar with the council and the city and I lived here all of my life I felt like it was the right thing to do,” Moore said. “I just want to do what I can for the city so that it can continue to go forward.”

She has 10 years of experience as a Valley Grande council member. Moore had been in retirement for just over three years before being chosen to fill in for the remainder of the term, which ends in August.

She said she would not be seeking a place on the council for a new term and will continue to focus on beautification of Valley Grande City Park.

“I’m going to work on the park. There are some things that need to be done. So, I will mainly work with the park to get it back where it needs to be,” Moore said.

City council member Donna Downs has worked with Moore and seen the work she has done for the city over the years.

“She is a go-getter. Even though I believe the other two would have served well, she just knows more about what the city has come from,” Downs said. “I have worked with her for eight years on the council and I know if something needs to be done she would go after it.”

When Valley Grande Mayor Wayne Labbe suggested that everyone look over the credentials of all candidates last month, city council member Kenneth Martin said there was a number of things he saw that stood out about Moore that convinced him she was the best person for the job.

“I thought she would be the one able to help us the most in completing the term in our office. I am looking forward to working with her,” Martin said. “She has done wonderful things when she was on the council before. I think she can bring her expertise and fall right into place.”

By Chelsea Vance

The Selma Times-Journal

 

Former Valley Grande City Council member Patsy Moore will fill an empty seat after she is sworn in on April 18.

She was chosen by a unanimous vote of the council at a meeting Monday, beating out two other people who were also being considered: Victoria Calhoun and David B. Barnes.

Moore will replace Jane Craig, who stepped down from her seat in February. She said she decided to apply after several people asked her to come back.

“Since I was familiar with the council and the city and I lived here all of my life I felt like it was the right thing to do,” Moore said. “I just want to do what I can for the city so that it can continue to go forward.”

She has 10 years of experience as a Valley Grande council member. Moore had been in retirement for just over three years before being chosen to fill in for the remainder of the term, which ends in August.

She said she would not be seeking a place on the council for a new term and will continue to focus on beautification of Valley Grande City Park.

“I’m going to work on the park. There are some things that need to be done. So, I will mainly work with the park to get it back where it needs to be,” Moore said.

City council member Donna Downs has worked with Moore and seen the work she has done for the city over the years.

“She is a go-getter. Even though I believe the other two would have served well, she just knows more about what the city has come from,” Downs said. “I have worked with her for eight years on the council and I know if something needs to be done she would go after it.”

When Valley Grande Mayor Wayne Labbe suggested that everyone look over the credentials of all candidates last month, city council member Kenneth Martin said there was a number of things he saw that stood out about Moore that convinced him she was the best person for the job.

“I thought she would be the one able to help us the most in completing the term in our office. I am looking forward to working with her,” Martin said. “She has done wonderful things when she was on the council before. I think she can bring her expertise and fall right into place.”