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February 26, 2014

Kibler named Council president

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Change continues at One Locks Plaza, as at-large Alderman Joseph C. Kibler has been appointed as Lockport Common Council president, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey announced Monday.

Kibler replaces McCaffrey, who was sworn in as mayor on Monday morning. McCaffrey became the chief executive as per the city charter when Michael W. Tucker resigned this past Friday to take a position in the private sector.

But the new mayor isn’t finished with finding her Council replacements. McCaffrey is accepting resumes until Friday from people who are interested in succeeding her as the 2nd Ward alderman on the Council. She plans to make an appointment sometime next week, possibly by the next Council meeting on March 5.

According to the city charter, the alderman must live within the ward’s boundaries and be a registered Republican, since McCaffrey is a member of that party. The Common Council president is appointed by the mayor, as is any Council replacements.

McCaffrey said Kibler’s experience and rapport with the community made him the right choice for the Council’s top spot.

“He brings a lot of experience,” she said. “Everyone knows and trusts Joe, with everything going on I thought we needed some stability there.”

Kibler is serving his seventh consecutive term as alderman-at-large, his 14th year total on the Council. During his time as an alderman, Kibler said he has served on all of the group’s standing committees and presently chairs the Public Health and Safety committee. He is the Council’s liaison to the Police Board.

Kibler said he served as Common Council president in 2012, adding he didn’t think he did a very good job because of health problems he was having at the time. But, Kibler said he’s sure he will do better this time because of McCaffrey’s example.

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