Twardzik and Cobb sworn in to City Council | ocean view
Colleen Twardzik and Steve Cobb were sworn in as new members of Ocean View City Council during a reorganization meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, April 26.
During the 17-minute meeting, which was attended by dignitaries including Sen. Gerald Hocker, Rep. Ron Gray, Fenwick Island Mayor Vicki Carmean and former council members, Ocean City’s attorney View Dennis Schrader first asked Twardzik, with her husband, outgoing counselor Frank Twardzik by her side, to lay his hand on the Holy Bible and repeat the oath of office.
Cobb then took the oath while his wife stood beside him. Then the two couples kissed.
Twardzik replaces her husband, representing District 2, and Cobb replaces Councilman Bruce White, representing District 1.
Frank Twardzik served two consecutive terms and was ineligible for a third term and White did not seek election to a second term.
Repeating after Schrader, the new Council members were sworn in, saying, “I proudly swear to carry out the responsibilities of the office of Council Member to the best of my ability, freely acknowledging that the power of this office comes from the people from whom I am privileged. represent. I further swear to always place the public interest above any private or personal interest and to respect the right of future generations to share in Delaware’s rich historical and natural heritage. In doing so, I will always uphold and defend the constitutions of my country and state, so help me God.
Mayor John Reddington congratulated and welcomed them and they took their place among the incumbent council members.
Reddington nominated Councilor Tom Maly as interim mayor and the council accepted by unanimous vote. The Board also unanimously accepted the schedule of upcoming meetings and work sessions.
Reddington presented Frank Twardzik and White with plaques of appreciation and congratulated them, saying they “have distinguished themselves by serving admirably on Council and being actively involved in decision making to achieve the goals of the city”.
Their advice and guidance was sound and neither had a personal agenda, the mayor said.
“I really appreciate that. It made my job a lot easier as mayor,” he said.
“It was an honor and a privilege,” White said.
Twardzik said that over the past six years he has “learned a lot about this city”.
“When you make a decision, it’s always to do what’s best for the town of Ocean View. It’s hard at times, but it’s always best for the town. I look forward to supporting my wife on the Council as well as Steve Cobb,” he said to applause.
Reddington said he hoped Twardzik and White would return and attend future Council meetings.
There was no election this year as only Colleen Twardzik and Cobb were eligible to fill the two available seats. Another candidate filed but was deemed ineligible, and another filed but quickly withdrew.
Colleen Twardzik, 71, told Coastal Point she will work to “see the city continue in the direction it is going.”
“We live in a beautiful little town. I would like things to continue. Things are going well now. We have our beautiful John West park. They have more and more events there than ever. This is the fourth year that Ocean View has been named the safest town in Delaware. It’s so exciting and one of the reasons we love this area. We feel safe living in Ocean View,” she said.
A retired middle school teacher, she taught for 35 years and served as chair of her school’s family and consumer science department.
Cobb, 67, said he values ”quality of life issues for our residents.”
“The Council has done a great job, so I’d like to see a strong continuation of that. It starts with a safe community and we’re so lucky to have a strong police force. It’s important to make sure that they, along with all city employees, have all the tools, funding and support they need to ensure that any goods or services are always focused on the quality of life of our residents. important,” Cobb said.
Cobb, who recently retired as the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel’s food and beverage manager at Victoria’s Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, lives with his wife Deborah in a historic home built in 1873 near John West Park.
“Over the years, I have attended many Council meetings and workshops. When I was Director of Catering, this position required me to spend a lot of time at work and I did not think I had time to devote to a seat on the Council. I have since retired on January 23 and knew I wanted to run for Council,” he said.
Cobb and his wife are parents to one daughter, Melissa Goudy, of Wilmington.
A native of Reading, Pa., who has lived in the Baltimore area, Portland and Maine, Cobb married his wife in 1983 and previously worked as restaurant and business manager at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort in Ocean City. .