Worthington News

Council reorganized

Holmes chosen as city's mayor

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Worthington has a new mayor: Scott Holmes.

Bonnie Michael is the city's first female City Council president.

Both were sworn in during council's organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 6. Also taking office were new council president pro-tem Bob Chosy, new council members Dave Norstrom and Michael Troper, returning council members Scott Myers and Rachael Dorothy and Vice Mayor James Lorimer.

Michael becomes the first female council president and the first new president in 14 years. She has been on council since 1995 and has filled the pro-tem position since Lou Briggs retired six years ago.

She succeeds Lou Goorey, who retired at the end of the year after serving 40 years on council, 14 as president.

Michael said she was pleased to be the first female council president but had some reservations.

"I wish Lou Briggs could have been the first one," Michael said. "I hope I can live up to the tutoring she and Lou Goorey gave me."

Chosy also has been on council since 1995.

The new mayor replaces Harvey Minton, who retired in 2013 after 14 years of service.

Holmes was born and raised in Worthington, along with his brothers, Doug, Paul and Dana. Doug is a former council member. Holmes is an attorney in private practice in an office on North High Street, where he practices general law with his father, Robert Holmes.

The elder Holmes delivered the oath of office to his son Jan. 6.

"I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve a community that has been so good to me and my family," Holmes said after the meeting.

He recalled growing up in Colonial Hills, where local issues were discussed at the dinner table.

He graduated from Worthington High School in 1972. He and his wife, Kim, returned to Worthington in 1987 to raise their three sons, Colin, Luke and Stu, all of whom graduated from Thomas Worthington High School.

The mayor's primary responsibility is to run Mayor's Court, though he also is expected to perform such ceremonial duties as reading proclamations and cutting ribbons at new businesses. He is appointed for a two-year term.

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