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One of the most powerful politicians in North Carolina will be on hand Thursday night to swear in newly elected City Council member Jeff Miller.
Of course, state Sen. Tom Apodaca also happens to be a longtime friend and close political ally of Miller. Miller helped manage Apodaca's campaign in 2002 when the Hendersonville bail bondsman and surety bond agent ran for the state Senate as a political novice. Apodaca won, and when Republicans took control of the Senate in 2010, the caucus elevated him to the second-in-command role of the senior chamber's leadership.
Jerry Smith, who was re-elected to a second term on the council, and Mayor Barbara Volk, who also won re-election, will take the oath of office for new four-year terms as well. District Court Judge Emily Cowan will swear in Mayor Volk. The newly seated council will elect a mayor pro tem.
The council is scheduled to honor Mayor pro tem Jeff Collis, who was defeated for re-election.
Collis, first elected in 2005, has voted on numerous significant projects over the past eight years. Some, like the water impact fees, the proposed $6 million Berkeley Park bond issue and wireless water meter reading project, drew criticism during the political campaign.
Here's the text of the proposed resolution honoring Collis:
On this day, December 5, 2013, after serving eight years on the City Council, and four of those years as a Mayor Pro Tem, Jeff Collis is leaving the Council with a record of positive achievements.
It is appropriate and fitting to mention some of the noteworthy accomplishments made by the City Council during his term of office:
Mr. Collis served as the Council liaison for the Downtown Advisory Committee and served as alternate on the Land-of-Sky Regional Council Board.