HAMILTON - Hamilton’s new mayor says he’s excited about his new position and the future of the city’s he’s been chosen to lead.
With Jerry Steele opting not to run for another term this year, the way was cleared for Hamilton to have its first new mayor in a decade.
And when the ballots were tabulated from Tuesday’s “off year” election, newcomer Dominic Farrenkopf found himself headed for the mayor’s chair, topping City Councilman Travis Martinez in the head-to-head contest.
It’s a switch, changing from his position as an activity director for a local retirement community and volunteer with several organizations, but continuing with his service to Hamilton.
“I’ve been committed to this community and now it looks like people can commit to me and we can start a great partnership," Farrenkopf said. "I’m looking forward to working with the city council and of course Councilman Martinez will on the council with me. I’m looking forward to that. I have to thank my family, of course my wife Hannah, Megan my treasurer. She’s my sister, she helped me out a lot. “Door Knocking’ Dan”, can’t forget him. And just really pleased with the results. I’m happy to see that Hamilton has a confidence to elect me as the mayor. Just really looking forward to doing a good job.”
While Hamilton will always retain it’s Bitterroot charm, it feels as if the city government is poised to enter a new phase. And there’s a lot of work to be done as some of that re-organization takes place. One big item on the agenda is completing the plans to move police and court operations to the Old Armory, which was approved by voters earlier this year.
Farrenkopf says he’s excited about the city’s future.
“I really am. There’s a lot of good things coming our way. And there’s a lot of good people that are going to help do that.”
But first thing on the new mayor’s “to do” list is getting to know everyone top to bottom at city hall.
“I really do think that’s a good option. Look at the job. See what we need to do. I’d really like to meet everyone. I think that’s important. Meet everyone that works for the city. And just one foot in front of the other. Little steps at a time.”