Mayor Ron Alcock and six departing City Council members said goodbye Wednesday evening, paving the way for a new mayor and seven new council members come Jan. 1.
Alcock and councilors Paul D’Amico, Jason Hagerman, Angelina Marino, Gordy Eddington, Mark Gramling and newcomer Dana Hollenbeck took part in their final regular City Council session. All decided against seeking new terms.
Councilor Steve Valentino will return as mayor in 2020, joining Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera, who was re-elected in November to another four-year term. Valentino and Camera are the only two members of the next Council who have governing experience.
Alcock, who served two four-year terms as mayor, and prior to that, a four-year term as a councilor, has always kept his remarks brief. Wednesday night was no exception.
“I’d like to congratulate all the new council members,” Alcock said. “I know you will work hard to continue the progress that Geneva has made in the last four years.”
Alcock, a Republican, said it’s “been an honor and a rewarding experience to serve as your mayor the last eight years.”
He credited the support of city administration for making the job easier.