Sara Scott, Pete Sheehey Elected Council Leaders

Council elects Sara Scott its chair during Tuesday night’s meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Council elects Pete Sheehey its vice chair during Tuesday meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

With new members on Los Alamos County Council comes new leadership and during Tuesday’s regular meeting Sara Scott was elected chair and Pete Sheehey vice chair.

Councilors voted 4-2 to elect Scott to the position. Councilor Randall Ryti nominated her. Councilor Antonio Maggiore nominated and voted for Sheehey while Councilors Ryti, James Robinson and David Izraelevitz voted for Scott. Scott and Sheeehy voted for themselves. Robinson motioned to appoint Sheehey as vice chair by acclamation.

During the meeting Scott said she would work to ensure open discussion and inclusivity. Sheehey echoed this thought, saying he and Scott are in “violent agreement on most points.”

He added that they will strive to have a diversity of opinions and support a democratic process.

Scott told the Los Alamos Daily Post, “I’m really excited to be a part of this council. I look forward to working with my fellow councilors to do our best for this community.”

Additionally, Sheehey told the Post that he and Scott have already been discussing several practical matters such as how to keep council meetings shorter.

Sheehey added that he also is happy to assist Scott.

“Basically whatever help I can give … with the experience I have I am happy to do,” he said.

The role of Council Chair was formerly held by Izraelevitz.

Looking at his experience as chair, Izraelevitz told the Post, “It was enjoyable to work with a great group of people and I’m very confident with the new leadership and I look forward to a great year,” he said.

About the new leadership:

Scott has lived in Los Alamos for 30 years. She brings leadership experience from her roles as scientist, division leader and program director at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her responsibilities included budgets of more than $100 million a year, more than 400 staff, diverse facility operations and constructive engagement with federal program leaders. Scott is retired from the lab.

Sheehey is serving his second term on council. He worked as a computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory on controlled fusion nuclear energy and nuclear weapons safety and reliability. He retired in April 2012 from the Lab.

Besides serving on council, Sheehey has been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the P&Z Board of Adjustment.