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Hailey Mayor Lindley sworn into office

Williamson named city attorney

Express Staff Writer

Hailey Mayor Brad Siemer passed out thanks and kudos to colleagues and fellow citizens before swearing in Mayor-elect Al Lindley into office Monday.

Hailey’s new mayor, Al Lindley, left, swears in the new city attorney Ned Williamson on Jan. 14. Williamson will be taking attorney Susan Baker’s place. Express photos by Willy Cook

"I want to thank the parks committee, especially for the new park equipment at Hop Porter Park," said Siemer, who did not run for re-election.

"I want to thank the Hailey Ice Park Committee for the sheet of ice and the Zamboni.

"I want to thank the Skate Park Committee and all who helped in the fund-raiser for permanent facilities."

Siemer expressed his gratitude to city staff and the city council for helping him establish a fiscally conservative policy, which has resulted "in almost a million dollars in cash flow."

Hinting at an action the council would take that night under Mayor Lindley, Siemer also thanked Sprenger, Grubb & Associates, Judy Hartley Castle and Roundup Corral LLC for "putting bad blood behind for a new cooperative relationship with the city and the end of litigation."

Siemer was referring to an agreement to stay an appeal by Roundup to continue a dispute about open space in Woodside Subdivision.

The council later signed an agreement with SGA, Castle and Roundup Corral. The agreement now goes to these parties for signing.

Lindley said he would not reveal what was in the agreement until everyone had signed.

Incoming Hailey Mayor Al Lindley, left, jokes around with outgoing Mayor Brad Siemer soon after Siemer swore Lindley into office. Lindley just presented Siemer with a plaque honoring him for more than a decade of government service to the city. Express photos by Willy Cook

Before swearing the new mayor in, Siemer praised Lindley for having "the courage to serve."

"I sincerely wish you good fortune and success in the next four years," he said.

Once the transfer of power was made, Lindley swore in the re-elected council members, Martha Burke and Don Keirn.

He also swore in reappointed Hailey City Clerk and Treasurer Heather Dawson and P&Z vice chair Pat Cooley.

Newly appointed P&Z commissioner John Seiller and city attorney Ned Williamson were also sworn in.

The council voted to grant outgoing city attorney Susan Baker $12,500 in severance pay.

Before Siemer could vacate the mayor’s chair, Lindley said, "Sit yourself down, you’re not finished yet."

Lindley then presented Siemer with a plaque that said Hailey thanked him "for more than a decade of service."

On the plaque are inscribed Siemer’s years of service—as a P&Z commissioner from 1990 to 1994; as a city councilman from 1994 to 1998; and as mayor from 1998 to 2002.

For his inaugural statement, Lindley told those present that "with me comes my family."

He then introduced his wife Linda Packer, his son Gary Lindley and his two grandchildren.

"This is a very important time in Hailey," he said. "We’ve a good foundation thanks to Brad Siemer and the city team. I see my job as a coach and a leader."


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