Newly seated on the Dewey-Humboldt town council are members Jack Hamilton and Sonya Williams-Rowe, sworn in on June 4.
Hamilton, well known to present and former councils, has attended most council meetings for several years, and is not afraid to speak out on matters involving the town.
Williams-Rowe, mother of three boys, is active in the community through her role as special education teacher and business owner.
"I feel, if you're living in a community, you need to be a presence in the community," Williams-Rowe said, a Dewey-Humboldt resident since January 2010.
Her goal is to listen to residents' needs and concerns, and give them a voice. She said she is open-minded and not easily steered to see one view over another. While people have been supportive of her new role, she said she knows some will look at her differently now that she's on the council.
Williams-Rowe grew up in a small town in Kansas, and spent several years in the Phoenix metropolitan area. She helps out at Scoopz Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, co-owned with husband Ken Rowe, just a few doors down from Town Hall. She resigned from Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District in May and is interviewing with local districts, and also has enrolled in a doctorate program in special education through Grand Canyon University.
Hamilton has lived in Dewey-Humboldt for about 10 years, and is retired from 35 years in the wood pulp industry. His is a familiar face in council meetings as he speaks on many subjects before the council and during the call to public.
"Normally I like giving my opinion from the standpoint of a citizen, but I started getting a feeling that I wasn't being heard since I spoke so often on most subjects," Hamilton said.
He said he hopes to have "more voice on what is being done," and realizes that does not mean he will always get his way, being only one vote of seven.
"I believe strongly that government should be as transparent as possible, and very ethical. If I can convince the rest of the council of this, then I think I have accomplished a lot," he said.
Hamilton said establishing trust with the public through transparency and openness is important, and he believes the council needs to have the highest of ethical standards. His first study session tackled the council's Code of Ethics, and members will continue working on revisions in the July work-study meeting.
The council meets in the Town Hall, 2735 S. Highway 69, Humboldt, at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Study sessions take place on the second Tuesday afternoon.