Whispering Pines selects new mayor, mayor pro-tem

The oath of office was administered to one new council member and two returning members of the Whispering Pines Village Council. Returning board members Pamela Harris and Andy Conway joined newcomer Linda Vandercook in taking the oath of office Wednesday night. These were the winners of the Nov. 2 election with 670, 656, and 548 votes, respectively. The terms will run for four years.

Whispering Pines selects new mayor and mayor pro-tem

Left to right, running top to bottom: Pamela Harris, Linda Vandercook, and Andy Conway. Courtesy photos.

Whispering Pines has a council-manager form of government. According to the International City/County Management Association, “The council-manager form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed city manager. The council, in turn, hires a nonpartisan manager who runs the organization.”

In Whispering Pines, the mayor is selected by the council. This year, Harris nominated Glenn Bernhard as mayor. In nominating Bernhard, she lauded his years of service to the village. The council voted 5-0 to confirm him as mayor, and he was administered the oath of office, replacing Alexa Roberts, who had served as mayor the last two years. 

Harris was then selected as mayor pro tem, replacing Bernhard, who had served in that role for two years as well.

Town Manager Rich Lambdin also presented a report on the new skate park. All the signage, register forms, and stickers have come in. They will be ready for the Dec. 20 opening date. For more information on the new skate park, please click here.

Feature photo: Glenn Bernhard was selected as the new mayor at the Whispering Pines Village Council meeting on Dec. 8, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Village of Whispering Pines.

Sandhills_Sentinel~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Chris Prentice. Contact him at [email protected].

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