GREENFIELD — A sophomore member of the Greenfield City Council was selected president of the council on Wednesday, and one of his first orders of business will be to encourage more sharing of ideas in city government.
John Patton was elected president in a 5-2 vote. He took office last year after upsetting longtime incumbent Kelly McClarnon in the 2011 election.
He says he already has ideas on how to make council meetings more active and bring about new ideas in local government.
“Communities in other parts of the metro area are not standing still, and we are,” said Patton.
Patton, a retired advertising executive, vowed in his 2011 campaign to focus on economic development. Patton recently stepped down from the steering committee of the Greenfield Area Tea Party to spend more time in city politics; he’s also the publicity director for the Hancock County Republican Party.
Patton said he wants to communicate more with the Hancock Economic Development Council to see how he can help bring more development to the area. In 2012, the city council approved tax abatements for three companies, and Patton said he wants to help the county continue to move forward with job growth.
Patton campaigned to be city council president, calling other members before Wednesday’s meeting to ask for support. Mitch Pendlum was president in 2012 and nominated Patton for the role.