2015-12-16 / Front Page

McCurry is Biddeford council president again

Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint John McCurry to the council presidency.

The 59-year-old Ward 2 councilor, who has served on the council for a total of 10 years, will serve his second consecutive term – and third overall – as the council president. Councilor Marc Lessard made the motion to nominate him for the position, which was seconded by Councilor Michael Ready.

“I’m very pleased with the unanimous decision,” McCurry said after the vote. “I look forward to moving the city forward in the next two years.”

In an email Tuesday, Mayor Alan Casavant explained that the council president works very closely with the Office of the Mayor and is next in line to the mayoral seat.

“He is also the council focal point,” he said. “The council looks to him for leadership and guidance, and he will often work with me in terms of updating the council on issues and coordinating plans of action.”

Casavant said McCurry has done a “superb” job as the council president over the last two years and he looks forward to another two years with McCurry serving in that capacity.

“I work very well with (McCurry),” he said. “He is always up front, honest and knowledgeable. He is an extremely important piece in this administration.”

Tuesday’s council meeting was the first with the newly elected council, which includes seven incumbents as well as former councilor Rick Laverriere, serving as the Ward 6 councilor, and newcomer Laura Seaver, serving as a councilor-at-large.

— Staff Writer Angelo J. Verzoni can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or averzoni@journaltribune.com.

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