Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2004

City council sees changes

February 19, 2004

The Baldwin City Council saw a few changes Monday as a council member resigned, a new one was seated and a new president was selected.

Council President Todd Cohen resigned from his position on the council, a decision which he announced at the last meeting.


"Thank you again for the honor to serve," he said. "I'm sorry I have to leave early."

Cohen, who will soon be moving to Lawrence, had served one year of his four-year term. He said he was disappointed he wouldn't be able to fulfill his term, but was pleased with his replacement.

"I'm very happy to see Tony taking over," he said. "I think you'll all be very well served."

Tony Brown, a 42-year-old Baker University associate professor of psychology, was unanimously selected by the council members to fill Cohen's vacant seat.

Brown has taught at Baker for 14 years and lived in Baldwin for 10 years. He has been a member of the city planning commission since May, but has never served on city council.

Following Cohen's resignation Monday, the council also needed to appoint a new council president. The council president would assume the responsibilities of the mayor in the mayor's absence.

Council Member Ken Wagner, who happened to be absent from Monday's meeting, was unanimously selected as the new council president. Wagner has served as president in the past.

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