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Jeff Starkey, Chopper Davis take NPR council seats

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Published:   |   Updated: April 18, 2013 at 04:34 PM
NEW PORT RICHEY -

The changing of the guard took place Tuesday night as the New Port Richey City Council ushered in two new members.

Chopper Davis and Jeff Starkey took the oath of office, administered by City Clerk Doreen Summers during the reorganizational meeting.

Davis and Starkey earned the most votes among seven candidates in the April 9 election.

Starkey, an insurance agent, received 415 votes for 21.13 percent of ballots cast, according to official results from the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office.

Davis, a former tavern owner who now works for an electronic payment company, garnered 296 votes for 15.07 percent.

Candidates who fell short were incumbent Bob Langford, Michael Malterer, Ginny Miller, Rose M. Mohr and Jonathan Tietz. Residents cast 1,069 ballots, for a voter turnout of 12.69 percent.

Councilman Rob Marlowe decided against seeking re-election.

After Starkey and Davis took their seats at the dais, council members voted to designate Councilman Bill Phillips as deputy mayor.

Speaking to the newcomers, Phillips commented with a chuckle that his first meeting last year delved into excruciating detail for some three hours over spreadsheets about the city’s potential budget crisis at the time.

Davis and Starkey, however, could have their work cut out for them. Council members scheduled a special workshop session for Tuesday because of an overabundance of topics popping up in the months ahead.

At next week’s workshop, council members could discuss priorities for the extra $1 million added to the city budget through transfers from the water and sewer funds.

City Council also paid tribute Tuesday night to retiring council members Marlowe and Langford. Mayor Bob Consalvo presented plaques to both men for many years of service.

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