City Counsel Ready to Move Forward

As reported by the Victorville Daily Press, the newly elected city officials were sworn in via Zoom Dec. 7. A portion of the article is below…

Hackbarth-McIntyre served on the City Council for 14 years, including the past eight as mayor. She was the second woman ever  mayor in Barstow.

“It’s been an honor,” she said during Tuesday’s meeting. “Through my 14 years there’s been a lot of things that have happened in this community and I’m really truly honored.”

Hernandez, who has served on the City Council since 2012, spent the last three years as mayor pro tem.

“I’ve been honored to serve our city, as I always said,” Hernandez said. “I happen to be the community activist that was on the City Council, and that’s what I will continue to be. So I am leaving one side of the fence and going back to the other side of the fence, which I thoroughly enjoy.”

Paul Courtney succeeded Hackbarth-McIntyre as mayor after he took 43.7% of the vote among four candidates in the Nov. 3 election. Hackbarth-McIntyre finished in second with 31.6%.

Courtney, the first African-American to hold the city’s top elected position, was one of three new City Council members who took the oath of office during Monday’s meeting. 

Courtney said he looks forward to working with his colleagues.

“We will move forward as a unified group to do what’s best for Barstow,” Courtney said.

Unlike in Victorville where swear-in ceremonies were pre-recorded, the oaths in Barstow were taken live during the virtual meeting. 

Barbara Rose, elected to the District 3 seat left vacant after Councilman Rich Harpole resigned in December 2019, said she had resigned as board president of the Barstow Unified School District despite also winning that race by a wide margin.

Her resignation took effect at 5 p.m. Monday. At the school district, she served on the Board of Trustees for 13 years, the last two as president.

Rose said she hopes to get Barstow back to “booming.” 

“I want to thank the voters in District 3 for your trust in me,” she said. “The only promises that I have made (are) that I’m going to bring integrity, accountability and 110% on doing the best that I can do to contribute and to help make Barstow a better place to move us forward.”

Marilyn Dyer-Kruse, previously a Barstow planning commissioner, also took the oath during the meeting, after defeating Hernandez for the District 4 seat.

Dyer-Kruse served for six years on the Planning Commission. Like Rose and Courtney, said she hopes to bring progress to Barstow.

“I will absolutely do my best, make the best decisions I can with all the valuable information that I will compile,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to sitting and hopefully moving our city forward.” 

Article originally published Dec. 10 Victorville Daily Press – read the complete article here

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