It was the first Parker Town Council meeting of 2021, and Parker has a new Mayor. However, she’s a familiar face.
The Council elected Karen Bonds as Mayor at their Jan. 5 meeting. She succeeds the outgoing Mayor, Dan Beaver. Bonds was elected to the Council in August 2018, but this isn’t the first time she’s served on the Council or the first time she’s been Mayor.
Bonds was first elected to the Council in 1997. She served through 2009, including two stints as Mayor. She was in her second term as Mayor when she decided not to seek reelection in 2009.
The Council also elected to retain Jerry Hooper as Vice Mayor.
Four Council Members were sworn in to their new terms by former Town Magistrate Jim Putz-Artrup. In addition to Hooper, they included Randy Hartless, David Lucas and Rey De Leon. Hooper, Hartless and Lucas were reelected and De Leon was elected to his first term at the August primary.
At the start of the meeting, Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer presented a plaque on behalf of the Town to Beaver in recognition of his years of service on the Council. Beaver was elected to the Council in March 2007 and had served as Mayor since June 2011. He chose not to seek reelection in 2020.
The plaque featured a gavel in recognition of his time as Mayor.
Beaver thanked the residents of Parker for allowing him to serve them.
“It’s been an honor to serve,” he said.
Beaver also praised the Town employees, saying they now have the best employees they’ve had since he’s been with the Town.
As Beaver left the Council Chambers, he was given a standing ovation by the Council and the audience.