ROCKLAND, Maine — Larry Pritchett was elected Rockland’s mayor Monday night.
Pritchett was re-elected to a second consecutive term on the city council on Nov. 5, being the top vote getter with 780 votes.
He succeeds Will Clayton who did not seek re-election to the council.
Pritchett was elected 3-2. Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Louise MacLellan-Ruf announced over the weekend they would support Councilor Eric Hebert for mayor even though Hebert cast his vote for Pritchett.
He becomes the 19th person to hold the mayoral post since Rockland created the position in 1978.
Pritchett serves as a consultant for water quality assessments.
Pritchett said that it was time for councilors to work together to address the challenges facing Rockland.
“The burden is on the five of us to not duck tough issues and to work together to glean the best ideas each of us bring to the table to move Rockland forward. I promise to each of you and to the community as a whole to do my best as mayor to ensure that all voices are heard and that challenges are addressed,” Pritchett said.
He said that seven years into a recession and experiencing one of the weakest recoveries in history, the city struggles to keep up its aging infrastructure such as its wastewater system and sidewalks while realizing the struggles that people have paying their tax bills.
He said that after a year-and-a-half of meetings, a committee that has been working on the future of Camden Street will make a presentation to the Rockland community as well as Rockport officials next week.
Also at the Monday night meeting, MacLellan-Ruf was sworn into her first term on the council. She fills the seat previously held by Clayton.