PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 21, 2013

Newly-elected PA officials to take oaths of office

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Deloris “Bobbie” Prince will officially start her third and final term as mayor Tuesday while a new face will be sworn in for the District 4 City Council position.

Both Prince and Robert Troy were elected by voters on May 11.

Each will take their oath of office during a special ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at City Hall.

For Prince, it will be the last time she is sworn in because of term limits approved by voters on May 11. Proposition 2 limits the mayor and city council members to two, three-year terms.

“I am just honored to have a last swearing in ceremony,” Prince said. “It truly is a blessing to for me to know the people have placed their confidence in me for another three years.”

Prince said there will be no shortage of  city projects during her last term.

“You never get everything accomplished. You work as hard as you can to get as much done as is needed. I just pray for God to bless me to accomplish as much as I can in the last three years to make this city a better place to live,” she said.

While the mayor is serving her  last term, Robert Troy is starting his first on City Council.

During his campaign, Troy said he heard many of the district’s constituents voice concerns about city streets, drainage and sewage problems.

Those issues will be among Troy’s first priorities after he takes office.

Recent, above-normal rainfall is perhaps contributing to drainage problems in people’s yards who live in fenceline communities near Motiva, Troy said.

In addition to the newly-elected officials, District 6 Councilman Robert E. “Bob” Williamson will serve as the next mayor pro tem.

This will be the first time Williamson serves in the rotating position since he was elected to City Council seven years ago.

Because of the newly established term limits, Williamson is starting the second year of his final three-year term as District 6 Councilman.

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