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Cold Spring Swears in New Mayor for Third Time this Year

After a tumultuous beginning to 2015, Cold Spring officially swore in Angelo Penque as its third mayor this year at its regularly scheduled city council meeting on Monday night.

Penque defeated former fire chief Jerry Sandfoss on Nov. 4, replacing Mark Stoeber, a former mayor who was appointed back to his old job in April after newly-elected Mayor Nancy Bay resigned amid controversy after firing multiple city employees, including the city administrator, police chief, and city attorney.

As for what the past two weeks has been like, Penque says they have been “interesting.”

“I’ve talked to my department heads,” Penque said. “They are all very confident, I’m very excited about working with them, and I just want to move forward in a positive direction.”

Penque said in the meeting during mayor’s remarks that his top priority will be safety.

“My main priority is to keep this city extremely safe,” Penque said during the meeting. “And we have the best police department here to do that.”

Penque also said that he also wants to strike fear into people who plan on using, selling, or buying drugs, most notably heroin, in Cold Spring.

“I am very anti-heroin,” Penque said. “I think it’s causing a majority of the crime in our area and we’re going to fight it with a strong police department and also (by) maintaining our community relations with the public.”

Mark Stoeber was in the audience on Tuesday night and was among many people appointed to committees.

Other notes:

  • Chief of Police Brian Messer said that the police department is looking into hiring part-time officers to help combat crime in the area and to keep the community safer. Messer also said that a police officer recently resigned. 
  • Light Up Cold Spring will take place on Sunday, Dec. 13. All residents wishing to participate must have their lights up by 5:00 P.M. City Council will judge the houses that night

-Clayton Castle, RCN contributor