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Rick Robb re-elected mayor of Bethel

  • Author: Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK
  • Updated: October 17, 2017
  • Published October 17, 2017

Mayor Rick Robb at a Bethel City Council meeting on Monday. (Katie Basile / KYUK)

BETHEL — In a special meeting on Monday night, Bethel's City Council re-elected Mayor Rick Robb to another term in office by a narrow 4-3 vote.

Three of the Council's seven members cast their anonymous ballots for Vice-Mayor Fred Watson instead. After losing the mayoral election, Watson was promptly re-elected as vice mayor in a 5-2 vote against Council member Leif Albertson.

Mayor Robb said that he was honored to serve again as Bethel's mayor and thanked the city for its support.

"I'd also like to congratulate Mr. Watson." he said. "I know we have a good team and I just want to thank you for your continued confidence in me as mayor."

The election was brisk and took less than 10 minutes. Council members voted by writing their candidate's names on slips of paper and then placing them in Council member Thor Williams' baseball hat. All seven of Bethel's City Council members participated in the vote, including Council member Mitchell Forbes, who joined the meeting by conference call while boarding a plane.

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