Milford City Council held its annual organizational meeting on Monday. After uncontested elections in their wards, Dirk G. Gleysteen, of Ward Two; Douglas E. Morrow, Sr. of Ward Three and James O. Starling, Sr. of Ward Four kept their seats and were sworn in for another term.
The Bible that the men placed their hands on to take their oaths has been in Gleysteen’s family for over 100 years, the city councilman said Monday. The Bible was brought to America by Gleysteen’s great-great- great grandfather from Holland in 1860.
Bryan Shupe was also sworn in on Monday. Bryan won former Councilman Steve Johnson’s seat after running unopposed earlier this year. Sheridan Shupe, Bryan’s mother, held the Bible for Bryan to swear upon while Retired Superior Court Judge William Swain Lee administered the oath.
Bryan Shupe, who has lived in Milford for the majority of his 28 years, has already formed an outline for what he hopes to accomplish during his term.
“I’m ready to work and get everything done,” he said. “I really feel Milford is at a critical point right now. I think we need to be making decisions about the next 25 years about the business environment, about the recreational opportunities and about developing young leaders.”
He went on to say that he hopes to cultivate a healthy business environment, better utilize the Mispillion River and partner with institutions of higher learning to develop continued education programs in Milford. Shupe is hoping that his young age will help him to bring a fresh perspective to council.
“I think that my age will be an advantage,” he said. “There’s a dilemma with Milford where our young leaders from high school go off to bigger cities to go to college of pursue careers. Being this young will help me look at what we need to bring to Milford to keep our young leaders here.”
Milford Live, the online news source that Shupe heads up, will still cover city council meetings but the responsibility will be handled by a freelance reporter who answers directly to the news outlet’s publisher, Shupe said.
During the same meeting David N. Rutt was reappointed as city solicitor and Morrow, who has been serving on the council for 24 years, was elected as vice mayor.
The first city council meeting with the new administration will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20.