Katie Burkholder, who had been chosen to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation and move of long-time council member Patty Philipps, was sworn in Monday morning at Mebane’s city hall.
Burkholder was the fourth-place finisher for three seats on the ballot last November, and she was the unanimous choice of council members when they turned to Philipps’ replacement at the conclusion of their meeting on March 7 after Philipps had stepped down.
Burkholder will be ready for her first meeting, Wednesday, when the council will turn to the first in a series of budget-related meetings in preparation for the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget which begins July 1.
Burkholder, 39, was sworn in by clerk of superior court Meredith Edwards, who reminisced before the ceremony about having been pre-school moms together.
Burkholder’s husband, Adam, held the Bible, while sons Colin (11) and Rhett (8) watched. Also present were Burkholder’s parents, Pat and Dell McGill from Jamestown.
Four of five other members of the city council were present: mayor Ed Hooks and council members Sean Ewing, Montrena Hadley, and Jonathan White; councilman Tim Bradley was not present.
Also in attendance were various other city department heads and officials who work at city hall.
See earlier coverage of Philipps surprise announcement and council’s decision to appoint Burkholder:
Philipps announces plan to resign (Feb. 8, 2022): https://alamancenews.com/long-time-mebane-council-member-patty-philipps-to-resign-move-from-mebane/
City council unanimously decides on Burkholder to fill Philipps’ seat (March 7, 2022): https://alamancenews.com/breaking-mon-night-mebane-city-council-names-katie-burkholder-to-fill-remaining-two-years-of-patty-philipps-term/