Fancher is new mayor of Avon
AVON — Judge Buck Allen swore in three new Town Council representatives on Tuesday; five minutes later, they had to choose between two of their peers for mayor.
In addition to re-elected Town Council member Matt Gennett, Allen asked Scott Prince, Sarah Smith Hymes and Megan Burch to stand up, raise their right hands and repeat after him. Upon taking their seats, they had a difficult choice to make.
Council member Jake Wolf said he remembered having to go through the same process, mayor selection and all, when he was elected in 2012.
“It was an incredibly hard thing to do,” Wolf said. “It was so uncomfortable.”
Hymes, a new council member, said beyond a level of comfort, “It’s not having something concrete to base your decision on,” which made the choice difficult.
Wolf nominated Jennie Fancher for mayor, and Gennett nominated Buz Reynolds.
Reynolds has been mayor of Avon once before.
“My past time when I was mayor, I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun,” he said.
Fancher said she had learned a lot from working with former Mayor Rich Carroll.
“When I think about the mayor, I think that the mayor can be simply a figurehead, or the mayor can be heavily involved,” she said. “By dedicating a lot of time to the job, you are really giving a lot to the town.”
After some discussion, the council voted 6-1 in favor of Fancher.
Fancher was the existing mayor pro tem and nominated Jake Wolf to replace her. Burch nominated herself for the position.
“I think I could represent the town professionally when Jennie is not available,” she said.
Wolf said he felt he would make a good mayoral team with Fancher.
“I would kill it with Jennie,” he said. “I got her back.”
The mayor pro tem vote was close, with Prince and Gennett supporting Fancher and Wolf in a 4-3 vote.