County Bids Three Councilors Farewell

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover embraces Councilor Mike Wismer in the final moments of their time together on Council during Tuesday night’s last Council meeting of the year. Stover, Wismer and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle officially leave office Dec. 31. Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers looks on at right. The remaining County Councilors and County Board and Commission members and Staff formally recognize the outgoning Councilors’ service and thanked them for their dedication to the community. During the meeting, Stover asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the school shootings in Connecticut. She announced that the community is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims, which is  being organized by Los Alamos High School students at 5 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. Also during public comment, a local parent asked Council to ask for police to be placed fulltime in the five elementary schools within Los Alamos County to ensure their safety. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Outgoing Councilors from left, Mike Wismer, Sharon Stover and Vincent Chiravalle at their final Council meeting Tuesday evening. Closing comments at Tuesday’s meeting honoring the three Councilors included, “I can say that this is the finest group of people I’ve worked with,” Council Mike Wismer said, adding, Sharon – it’s fair to say we’ve been to hell and back.” Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers said of Stover’s leadership during the Las Conchas Fire, “When this community needed leadership during the fire – Sharon’s leadership was exemplary – she was a rock.” Stover said of her time on Council, “It’s been an honor.” Chiravalle said, “It has been a tremendous experience, a privilege and a great honor.” Each Councilor received a Nambe plaque and a framed original photograph by local photographer Leslie Bucklin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle share a laugh in the final moments of Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Council Chair Sharon Stover, County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger, Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent and Councilor Mike Wismer laughing as Wismer jokes about how amazing it is that with all of the work and grueling late nights that he and Stover endured serving on Council previously – that they then threw their hats into the race to go through it all again for another four years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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