Newcomb, Nagel now lead County Council

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Libby Nagel (District 5) and Jay Newcomb (District 1) are the new vice president and president, respectively, of the Dorchester County Council.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Council has new officers. Jay Newcomb (District 1) was elected president Tuesday evening, and Libby Nagel (District 5) was chosen as vice president.

The council is entering its second year with the current members. Previous officers were William Nichols (District 2) as president, and Mr. Newcomb as vice president.

Mr. Nichols was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.

On the first ballot, Mr. Newcomb and Ricky Travers (District 3) both had two votes. The deciding vote, already cast, and apparently by Mr. Nichols, was for Mr. Newcomb, giving him the win.

On the first ballot for vice president, Ms. Nagel received three votes. Lenny Pfeffer (District 4) and Mr. Travers each had one.

In other news,
• Dorchester resident Dave Edwards was named the new director of the Department of Public Works. Addressing the public, he said, “Feel free to reach out to me.”

• Sheriff James Phillips asked for and received unanimous approval for a committee to complete a feasibility study to determine a location for a new dog control building. The seven-member group will report to the council within 30 days.

• The council decided by a vote of 4-0 to abandon Hooper Neck Road in District 4. No one spoke for or against the move during the meeting. The change will be effective in 60 days.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.