Oldenburg, James, Moore sworn into City Council

Mark Wilson mwilson@empiretribune.com
Glen Rose City Secretary Terri Johnson (left) swears in Dennis Moore, Linda James and new Mayor Sue Oldenburg during the city council's special meeting Monday.

The first City Council session for new Glen Rose Mayor Sue Oldenburg lasted less than 10 minutes.

During a special session Monday, City Secretary Terri Johnson swore in Oldenburg along with council members Linda James and Dennis Moore to their two-year terms.

Outgoing Mayor Sam Moody handed over the gavel to Oldenburg, who conducted the rest of the brief meeting, in which council member Sandra Ramsay was voted by a 3-2 margin to retain her position as mayor pro-tem.

Oldenburg, who had served on the City Council as recently as 2011, said it seemed a little intimidating once she sat down to conduct the brief meeting, with only two items on the agenda.

“If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be normal,” Oldenburg said. “I’m excited. I have a good staff that I’m confident in.”

Oldenburg said she is certain she will face her share of challenges, mistakes and achievements.

She said her style as mayor will be informal, and she is looking forward to meeting more residents.

James, a former resident of Utopia, Texas, is eager to get started on some of her ideas for the city.

“I am so excited I can’t stand it,” James said. “I have (ideas) in my head. I can hardly wait. I’m just excited because there are a whole lot of things we can do.”

Ramsay retained the pro-tem title with votes from herself, along with James and Moore. City Council member Doug Mitchell received two votes, from Robert Marquez and himself.

Oldenburg, Moore and James were unopposed in the race for the expiring positions on the council. Glen Rose saved thousands of dollars when the City Council voted to cancel the May 6 election because no one else ran for office.

Outgoing two-term council member Mike Jones, who also did not run for reelection, did not attend Monday’s special meeting.