Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and three other council members were sworn in Tuesday.
While the board largely will remain unchanged, Ken George, a new council member, will fill seat that’s been vacant for more than a year, and a new mayor pro tem was appointed.
Incumbents Don Frantz, who won his District B seat, and Lori Bush, an at-large member, rejoined the board. Frantz began his third term while Bush began her second term. Weinbrecht is entering his third term as mayor.
Ken George, founder and president of NetSmart Inc., was sworn in to fill the District D seat that covers parts of central and west Cary. It was formerly occupied by Gale Adcock, who was elected to the state House last year.
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George defeated three other candidates and encountered a runoff. On Oct. 6, George faced Cary residents Maria Cervania, Nancy Caggia and Gray Rinehart. George was the top vote-getter but didn’t have a majority of the vote, which allowed Cervania, the second vote-getter, to call for a runoff. George defeated Cervania in November.
Councilman Ed Yerha was appointed as the council’s new mayor pro tem, replacing longtime Mayor Pro Tem Jack Smith in that role. Smith made the motion to nominate Yerha as his replacement.
“Due to the growth of my new business, this September I missed my first council meeting in eight years and only the fourth one in 26 years,” Smith said. “The pro tem position requires flexible time, and Ed Yerha fits the bill.”
Yerha was approved in a 6-1 vote with George voting against the nomination.
Weinbrecht said Smith had served as mayor pro tem for every mayor since the late 1980s.
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