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Newish faces in Rockwood government

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By Cindy Simpson

Some new — and some not-so-new faces — took their seats at the Rockwood City Council special-called meeting Monday.

Former Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller is once again mayor, with former councilman Dudley Evans also returning. Term limits had forced them to sit out the earlier term.

A former Rockwood mayor and city councilman, Harold Holloway, joined them, along with newcomer Bobby Anderson.

Sitting Councilman Mike Freeman welcomed the new members and referred to the work they put into getting elected.

“There is a lot of work that goes into it. I think everyone who ran had Rockwood’s best interest at heart,” Freeman said.

The new council approved keeping some other familiar faces in their city positions during the special called meeting, including city administrator Becky Ruppe.

Evans said he believes Ruppe had done a good job and should remain in the position.

City attorney Greg Leffew was also reappointed.

“I think Mr. Leffew has done a fine job the time he’s been city attorney. I think he’ll continue (to do a good job),” Freeman said.

Mark Foster was re-appointed and sworn in as city judge.

The new council also appointed Evans as the council representative to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board, and Holloway to Rockwood Electric Utility.

Anderson was appointed council representative to the golf board.

Incumbent Jason Jolly was approved for two years as vice mayor.

Miller was appointed to the Rockwood Regional Planning Commission.

Miller and Holloway were appointed as check signers.