HAMPDEN, Maine — During a meeting last week that was contentious at times, town councilors elected a new mayor and deputy mayor for the year ahead.
Councilor Carol Duprey, now in the second year of her first three-year term on the council, was elected mayor in a runoff against Councilor Tom Brann. She was elected to the post in a 5-2 vote, with Duprey and Councilors David Ryder, Jean Lawlis, Ivan McPike and Greg Sirois voting in her favor and Brann and Councilor William Shakespeare voting for Brann.
Brann, the council’s former deputy mayor, presided over council meetings in December after the resignation of former mayor Janet Hughes.
Married to former Hampden town councilor and current Maine Rep. Brian Duprey, Carol Duprey is a U.S. Navy veteran of 10 years, according to the Bangor Daily News archives. She is a small-business owner and a mother of five.
Ryder, who joined the council after he won a special election for the remainder of former Councilor Jeremy Williams’ term last February, was elected deputy mayor. Before he was elected to his council post, he served on the town’s citizens comprehensive plan committee.
Shakespeare and Brann also were nominated for the position. Brann, however, declined the nomination before the voting took place.
Duprey might have had an inkling that she would be elected mayor. She brought to the meeting her list of committee assignments. Although committees have not had them in the past, Duprey said she appointed vice chairs for each of the committees because, she said, that way it would be clear who will run a meeting in the event that the chair is absent.
Her assignments are as follows:
Finance and Administration — Duprey, chair; Sirois, vice chair; McPike.
Planning and Development — Sirois, chair; McPike, vice chair, Brann, Lawlis;
Services — Lawlis, chair; Shakespeare, vice chair; Ryder.
Infrastructure — Ryder, chair; Brann, vice chair; Shakespeare.
Also during the meeting, councilors agreed to begin future meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance, after a debate about whether it could be done that night as a matter of procedure.
The matter was added to the meeting agenda at Duprey’s request.