BURLEY — Burley voters kept three city councilmen in their seats Nov. 7 and elected a new mayor.
Steve Ormond took 616 votes for mayor to incumbent Merlin Smedley’s 155 votes.
Incumbents Jon R. Anderson, Bryce Morgan and Casey Andersen all retained their four-year seats.
Andersen took 621 votes, Morgan 592 and Anderson 540. Newcomer Ralph Carlson trailed with 347 votes.
“I was really apprehensive and nervous today,” Ormond said. “Merlin had a good following. But I am very excited to be elected.”
Ormond said he is most excited about working with the City Council.
“They may have different votes but in the end they move forward and don’t rehash things,” Ormond said.
Ormond plans to focus on garnering support to relocate the airport and tackling growth problems in the city.
“We’re really excited to see this growth but we have to make sure it’s good for the city,” he said.
A retired bank manager, Ormond will bring expertise in working with people to the position along with his financial understanding of business and staff management and the community.
Councilmen Anderson and Morgan also expressed a desire to continue to work toward a new airport for the community. Andersen could not be reached on Tuesday for comment.
Anderson said water issues and relocating the airport are two of the most pressing issues.
“In the long run having an airport will mean a lot to the community,” he said. “We have to get that message out to people. It will be critically important in the next 100 years.”
Anderson said he is excited to continue to work with the Council.
“I’ve been around a while and this is a really good Council. I’m thankful the people in the city gave me this opportunity,” he said.
Morgan said the existing Council has worked well together and “it’s been a healing four years.”