A new mayor and council member were sworn in at Flower Mound Town Council’s special meeting May 14.

Cheryl Moore defeated her predecessor, Derek France, in the May 4 election. Janvier Werner was elected to the Place 4 seat, facing three other challengers. Terms are three years in Flower Mound.

What they're saying

After the oaths were taken, Moore talked from the dais about some events happening in her life recently, noting her resilient nature in dealing with challenges.

“I want you to believe in me,” she said. "You just have to keep moving, no matter what the obstacle is.”

She also complimented France on his time and commitment as mayor.

Werner said she was humbled and honored to be elected to council, does not take the role lightly and is ready to go to work for the town.

“My win is less about me and more an affirmation of the Town Council’s direction that resident quality of life matters,” she said.

Zooming in

France did not attend the meeting, but his wife, Amanda, spoke for him in a prepared statement, in which he thanked the town staff, elected officials, first responders, voters who supported him, his three children and his wife.

Amanda mentioned how he often began with, “Hello, Flower Mound, my name is Derek France,” when he spoke to groups.

“Goodbye, Flower Mound, my name is Derek France, and it was my honor and privilege to serve as your mayor,” she said, drawing a standing ovation.

Place 5 council member Ann Martin thanked France’s family members, and Place 2 council member Chris Drew praised France for his passion for the town. Place 3 council member Brian Taylor said he appreciated France being an ambassador to the town and that he will be missed.

“I’ve truly appreciated working with you over the past year [and] how you’ve been a great ally for this town,” Drew said, adding he wishes him the best in whatever endeavors he chooses next.

Place 4 council member Jim Engel lauded France's enthusiasm for the town and told Moore she will have “big shoes to fill.”

Engel, who served two terms and could not serve any additional terms because of the town’s regulations, thanked town staff and imparted some wisdom about leaders managing growth. His council colleagues gave their parting thoughts for his service as well as the knowledge and assistance he provided. Engel served six years.