The Fallon City Council welcomed on Jan. 3 one returning and one new member and recognized a retiring councilman during a Ceremony of Protocol.
Due to heavy snow in the Lahontan Valley, the ceremony was moved inside from the City Hall courtyard to the council chambers. Councilwoman Kelly Frost and Councilman Paul Harmon were sworn into office by the Judge Michael R. Lister. Retiring Ward 3 Councilman James Richardson was recognized for his two terms of service.
A retired educator, Frost is wife to Russ and the mother of three children. She is the current chair of the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority Board, and also sits on the Churchill Entrepreneur Development Association, Churchill-Fallon Economic Development, Western Nevada Development District and the Churchill County Museum boards.
“I am looking forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Fallon,” Frost told the LVN. “We are working on a couple of exciting projects at Oats Park which are a splash pad and pickleball courts. People will also start seeing several road improvement projects beginning around the City of Fallon this spring and summer. The mayor, city staff and city employees have worked hard to make these projects possible.”
Harmon is the highway maintenance manager with the Nevada Department of Transportation. He and his wife, Tami, have two grown children. Harmon said he’s passionate about coaching local youth sports and helped to create the Fallon Youth Basketball League.
“I am extremely honored and privileged to have been elected to the Fallon City Council and to represent Ward 3,” Harmon told the LVN. “I am looking forward to working with the council on all projects and endeavors.”
Mayor Ken Tedford commended Richardson for his commitment to the Fallon community. He expressed his personal and professional appreciation saying, “this is indeed an end of an era for us at the city.” The mayor also thanked Richardson's wife, Tami, and their two children.
Tedford then highlighted several projects in which Richardson had “played an important role” during his tenure, including the construction of both the Pennington Life Center and Pennington Youth Center, the redevelopment of Maine Street and improvements on the city's water, odor control, traffic signal, and electrical systems.
Tedford concluded the ceremony with his promise to run the city honorably and fairly and to work with county leaders to solve mutual issues.
“I have confidence in this city council, city staff, and the system of government that put us here,” Tedford said. “Most of all, I have confidence in the people of this city. Everything we accomplish here is a reflection of their strength.”
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