April 30, 2010 by wcobserver
West Fork-Joan Wright was appointed to fill a city council vacancy in Ward 4 during the West Fork City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 20.
Wright was recommended by Mayor Jan Throgmorton to fill the seat vacated by Jamie Coker’s resignation. The council unanimously approved Wright and she was sworn in by Mayor Throgmorton. She will serve until her position comes up for re-election in 2012.
“I believe Ms. Wright will bring a great deal of knowledge and another level of maturity that comes from life experiences. She is a very intelligent lady and I have great respect for her,” said Mayor Thorgmorton.
Wright has lived in West Fork since 1990; she lived previously in Winslow for seven years. She is a retired Spanish and social studies teacher, teaching in both Winslow and West Fork School Districts until West Fork’s Spanish program was expanded. She was employed solely by West Fork School District from 1994 until her retirement in 2007, but provided 22 years of service to the district.
She currently serves as the President of the Washington County Retired Teachers Association and volunteers as a proofreader for the Washington County Observer.
Wright has one grown daughter, Laura Phillips, who also lives with her family in West Fork.
“I’m honored to be asked to fill in. Surprised, but honored. I believe it’s an awesome responsibility to be on the city council,” said Wright. She continued, “I want to help make decisions that are in the best interest of the community of West Fork.”
Mayor Throgmorton said at the council meeting that other citizens had expressed interest in the vacancy, but did not reside in Ward 4.