City Councilors Sworn In
Patrick Henderson, Clint Beaver, Jacob Martin, and Aaron Linden were sworn into office during the Sheridan City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 7, kicking off the new term for each of the councilors.
Henderson, the lone incumbent re-elected in November, said that he is grateful for everyone who voted, regardless of who they voted for, and believes that this year has strong potential for productivity.
“These new council people, they seem terrific,” Henderson said. “I don’t know them well, personally, but I’m looking forward to working with them.”
Henderson said that, to get the most out of the year, elected officials need to remember to prioritize the needs of citizens over politics.
“It’s about our citizens, our youth, our elderly; I think it’s about our businesses, our business persons, and retirees,” Henderson said. “And they don’t care about politics. They just want the toilets to flush. They want low taxes. They want to be safe and secure in their homes.”
Henderson said that he plans to focus on business opportunities for Sheridan, infrastructure, and affordable housing.
Martin also shared some of his goals for the year.
“I have some really big plans to keep Sheridan clean,” Martin said. “That was one of the biggest parts of my platform, so, I feel like it’s a good time to change some things.”
Martin said that this week’s meeting provided him an opportunity to study parliamentary procedure and gauge how the meetings work.
“I didn’t have a lot of questions tonight,” Martin said. “I just wanted to take everything in.”
Linden detailed the volume of information that the new councilors have been taking in.
“The term everybody uses is, ‘it’s like drinking from a firehose,’ with all of the orientation that we went through and sitting down with different department heads and sitting down with Mark [Collins] for a few hours to bring you up to speed on everything that’s coming up in the next few months,” Linden said. “It’s a lot to take in. But it’s really exciting, and I’m super excited to be a part of it.”
Beaver, who was voted council president, said that he is looking forward to including citizens in the political process.
“We had a gallery full of people here tonight and people came to speak their mind, and that’s what I’m encouraged by—is the participation of our citizens—and I want to encourage that going forward and look forward to full galleries in future meetings,” Beaver said.