The Apex and Holly Springs Town Councils saw a changing of the guard Tuesday as longtime members left the boards and newly elected officials were sworn in.
In Apex, Lance Olive is the new mayor, replacing Bill Sutton. On the council, Wesley Moyer replaced Scott Lassiter, and Bill Jensen began his fifth term.
In Holly Springs, Cheri Lee was sworn in to a second term while Tom O’Brien joined as a new member.
The new leadership on the Apex Town Council took little time in making changes after being sworn in.
The changes started when Denise Wilkie nominated Nicole Dozier to replace Gene Schulze as the mayor pro tem.
Wilkie said Dozier has shown initiative by creating the Think Apex campaign and by strongly supporting environmental issues and senior citizens. Wilkie said the nomination also was inspired by “the need for our young girls in Apex to see a woman in a leadership role.”
Jensen urged Dozier to accept. But Dozier hesitated and indicated she didn’t want to butt heads with Schulze.
“If it makes you feel any better, I support it,” Schulze said.
Dozier accepted the nomination. There were no other nominations, and she was named mayor pro tem. The mayor pro tem has the power and responsibility to act in the mayor’s stead if needed.
After the meeting, Schulze said he had no hard feelings and expected to lose the position. He was part of the pro-growth group on the council that previously held a three-person majority. But with Moyer sworn in, the majority has shifted to the slow-growth proponents, including Dozier. The terms for Wilkie, Schulze and Dozier will expire in 2017.
Olive also changed other leadership roles on Tuesday. The town council has several committees and liaisons. Olive eliminated a fire department liaison role that he said is now obsolete, as well as a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources liaison role that he replaced with a committee.
The new parks committee will be headed by Moyer, with Wilkie as a member.
Olive also removed Wilkie as the council’s liaison to the Apex Chamber of Commerce and replaced her with Moyer, who was on the chamber’s board of directors until he joined the council. Olive created a new role of liaision to the Downtown Business Association and appointed Wilkie. She has strong ties with the group, and several downtown business owners backed her campaign for mayor.
Lee, a Wake County Public School System substitute teacher, won re-election while O’Brien, an account manager with Time Warner Cable Business Class, started his first term.
O’Brien unseated three-term incumbent Tim Sack for the second seat.
Before Sack’s third nonconsecutive term expired, he was recognized for his 12 years serving on the council.
During that time, Sack assisted the council in developing a comprehensive plan guiding growth and development and continued to refine that plan over time. Sack also invested efforts into numerous projects, including transportation improvements, increased water and sewer capacity and attracting non-residential development to the community.
“I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Councilman Tim Sack,” former Mayor Gerald Holleman said during the public comment period. “This town owes him a great deal of debt.”
Even though Sack did not win a fourth term on the council, he plans to stay involved in the community through volunteer work, he said.