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Banther takes seat on city commission

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Published:   |   Updated: April 3, 2013 at 09:13 AM
TARPON SPRINGS -

The City Commission took on a slightly different appearance Tuesday evening when newly elected David Banther officially took over the seat of the term-limited Chris Alahouzos.

“It is a true, distinct honor and a privilege of a lifetime to serve my home town in this capacity,” Banther, 30, said in his first statement in office. “I'm your city commissioner, here to serve you no matter who are, if we are friends or if we're meeting for the first time.”

Tuesday's meeting led off with a presentation to Alahouzos, commending him for his six-plus years of service.

“In the last six years, we've had many challenges and our city's seen many changes,” Alahouzos said. It is with humility and pride that I can say the city commission has addressed the difficult issues and made the hard decisions that have come before us.”

The commission then ratified the results of the March 12 election won by Banther over three other candidates. Mayor David Archie and Seat 3 Commissioner Jeff Larsen, who were not challenged for re-election, were also confirmed.

Following the election ratification and a presentation to Banther, the commission named Commissioner Susan Slattery vice mayor, a post Alahouzos held the last two years.

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