New Councilmembers take the oath of office. Left to Right, Amber Costello & Councilmember Billy Costello, Councilmember Diane Pfaeffle, and Councilmember Fred Senn.
For the first time in over 20 years, three new Councilmembers have simultaneously taken the oath of office. Former Councilmember Hellen “Dee” Cragun first took her position in 1997, lost her reelection attempt last year.
Just before taking the oath of office, Billy Costello asked his wife to hold a bible for him to place his hand on while reciting the oath. Councilmember Costello is joined on the council by Councilmembers Diane Pfaeffle and Fred Senn. Councilmember Costello was selected as Mayor Pro Tem, who fills in for the Mayor in case the need should arise. You can view a video of the meeting on our YouTube Channel at: DPGazette.com/aawyg.
Pictured Above: Former Councilmember Hellen “Dee” Cragun poses wearing a jacket bearing the city logo, accompanied by one of her grandsons.
With a record of 26 years, Former Councilmember Hellen “Dee” Cragun has served the city with dedication and represented the city in a wide range of governmental committees. During the meeting, she was showered with praise. She was also given a wooden clock with the Deer Park City limits etched on its face and a winter jacket with an embroidered city logo. Video from the last meeting of 2023 is available at: DPGazette.com/rotpz.
Also leaving the council, both Caleb Stapp and Naomi Diaz had chosen not to run for reelection last year. Still on the council, Jason Upchurch and Heather Newsom are tied with the most experience, two years each.
- 1/3/2024 Council Agenda DPGazette.com/0xq23 Accessed January 10, 2024