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Macungie Council Elects Christopher Becker President

Jean Nagle vacated her seat immediately.

In a reflection of the national stage, the Borough of Macungie also experienced a peaceful transfer of power Monday when Council voted Christopher Becker into its top seat.

In a 5-2 vote, Jean Nagle was voted out of the president's chair.

Council members Debra Cope, Joseph Sikorski, David Boyko, Linn Walker and Becker voted for the change. Gregory Hutchison and Nagle voted against.

The issue was introduced by Cope right after the meeting began during the "Council Compliments, Complaints, Petitions and Appeals" segment of the meeting."

She began with an analysis of 2012, citing decisions that were made with past councils often hanging inappropriately in the background.

"Maybe some council members have not made peace with past council," she said.

"I'm concerned with where we're heading. I don't want past councils to be my experience. It's so negative. There's so much resentment in this room. I want to be on a new council, a transparent one.

"I move to appoint Chris Becker as president of council," she said.

Boyko immediately seconded her motion.

But before the vote was taken, Sikorski asked Becker if he would accept the job.

Becker said yes, and that he was honored to be asked.

Also like Washington, not everyone supported the move.

Hutchison said he thought the move was a mistake and that there was value in knowing what past councils had done.

"New people haven't been around. They're not aware of the pitfalls. Or do you just totally want to forget about the past," Hutchison asked.

After the vote, Solicitor Patrick Armstrong said the transfer of power should occur immediately since both members were present.

Becker shook Nagle's hand as the two traded seats. 

Willet Thomas January 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Good move. Chris is a wonderful choice. He's a dedicated resident of the community.
Robert Sentner January 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Great fresh start for the new year, Chris ran a very professional meeting and had total control of every aspect of it. courteous, understanding and strong. Thanks to Debra Cope for the nomination.
Ron Beitler January 22, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Congrats to Mr. Becker. He's a great guy and will be a strong leader for Macungie to help the borough move past the soap opera-ness of the past couple years. Chris runs an excellent public meeting one of the best I've seen. Very fair to his fellow councilfolks, residents and guests. Mrs. Nagle is also a good public servant. No one can question her commitment to the Borough. Unfortunately when trying to repair alot of the issues of the past year or so its going to take a strong organized personality to run a Macungie council meeting and bring folks together. I think Chris is going to be that person.
Honesty January 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM
My sentiments exactly. Congratulations to Mr. Becker; I'm sure he will do a great job. Also thank you Ms. Cope for believing in our borough and trying to make a difference. I've been living in Macungie for 20 (+) plus years and I'm sure it's not easy for some council members to let go of the past given the stories I've heard and read. I'd also like to thank Ms. Nagle for her continued service to the borough. She has committed a great deal of her time volunteering both for the borough and various other charitable organizations and I commend her. I hope this council sees this move as a positive change. I would rather look for the best in people but so often we fall short and dwell on the negative. I wish the entire council a successful and productive year. Thanks to all council members who volunteer their time to make our town a better place to live.
ron January 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Congratulations to Mr Becker. I think Mr Becker is honest and wants what is best for the people of Macungie.

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