From left: Bridgette Peterson, Jordan Ray, Eddie Cook and newly elected Gilbert Town Council member Aimee Yentes take the oath of office Jan. 8 in council chambers.
Aimee Yentes was sworn in Jan. 8 as Gilbert Town Council’s newest member along with three re-elected council members.
Yentes takes the seat vacated by Victor Petersen, who also was honored at the inauguration ceremony for his service on council.
Mayor Jenn Daniels and Town Manager Patrick Banger lauded Petersen for how much time he spent reading every document produced ahead of meetings and questioning staff members about those documents as he prepared to make decisions on council
Petersen decided against seeking re-election to spend more time with his wife and five children.
“It is a sacred honor to serve in elected positions, and I'm grateful for great elected officials who have shown that through the way that they behave,” Petersen said. “And I hope that continues here in Gilbert, Arizona, which, by the way, is absolutely the best city in the world. I have no doubt in my mind about that.”
Yentes was elected as Aimee Rigler but was married in November.
“I'm very grateful for the opportunity to serve with this fine team as well as the town of Gilbert staff,” Yentes said. “[I] just look forward to offering my time and energies, and I'm willing and open to learn.”
Brigette Peterson, Eddie Cook and Jordan Ray were re-elected. Council then elected Cook at the meeting as vice mayor, replacing Peterson.
In the business meeting, council discussed the possibility of changing the night of council meetings from Thursdays to either Tuesdays or Wednesdays because the town is not open for business on Fridays. Moving the meetings to another day would allow follow-up from meetings to happen more quickly, but no decision was made.
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.