Brewer deputy mayor named mayor for coming year

Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Deputy Mayor Jerry Goss was named mayor at the Brewer City Council’s annual meeting held Tuesday night at the Muddy Rudder.

When he got to the lectern, Goss thanked his father, stepmother, brother, sons and nephews for their support, saving the biggest thank you for his wife of 43 years, Jean Goss.

“These are the individuals who helped me get to this podium tonight,” he said.

In his first act as mayor, he thanked outgoing Mayor Joseph Ferris for his two years in the post. Goss, who also serves as chairman of the Brewer High School district trustees, then presented Alan Kochis, outgoing 15-year veteran district trustee member, an old but refurbished school clock that once hung inside one of the four schools that closed this year with the opening of the new Brewer Community School.

Goss then spoke about his dream for Brewer, which includes more economic development projects along the waterfront, Dirigo Drive, Wilson Street and in the industrial park and the new Brewer Business and Commerce Park.

The mayor’s plans also include trying to attract a developer to build a “Class A hotel and conference center” and to improve educational programs offered to students in the city, he said.

Before the leadership votes were taken, Ferris, who won another three-year term on the council during local elections last week, two new school board members, and new district trustees member Mark Chambers, along with a student representative, were sworn in.

Former Washington Street School Principal Janet McIntosh, and Michael Hutchins, who taught at Brewer High School for 25 years, are now members of the school board.

Emily Illingsworth of Holden was sworn in as the junior student representative.

Deputy School Board Chairwoman Amanda Bost was made the chairwoman for the coming year, and David Austin was made the deputy chairman.

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