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September 12, 2013

McGee chosen to fill seat on Velma Town Council

VELMA — Jenny McGee, who grew up in Velma and moved back home last December, is now a member of the Velma Town Council.

“I have always volunteered and I think it’s very important,” McGee, a 1968 graduate of Velma-Alma High School, said Wednesday.

“I taught my daughter and my grandchild to volunteer your time, to help people or to help run the town and the local government.”

The other members of the Town Council appointed McGee on Tuesday to the Position 3 seat vacated when Robert McNeill stepped down in late July. The four-year term expires in May 2015.

The Town Council had 60 days to fill the vacancy or there would have been a special election. Mayor Shawn Enloe said they interviewed McGee Tuesday night and appointed her.

McGee spent many years in the Boston area and served for three years as a selectman — something similar to a city or town council member — for the town of Holliston, Mass., in the mid-1980s. The three members on that council are responsible for all town operations except schools.

Velma, about 20 miles east of Duncan, has about 620 people.

“She has had experience doing this on a little bigger scale and knows how things are done so that is excellent,” Enloe said.

He also said it will be beneficial to have a woman and her perspective on the council. The other four members are men.

McGee, who works for Universal Fidelity Life Insurance Co. in Duncan, said she moved back to Velma to help care for her mother.

“I have lots of relatives and friends in the area and high school friends I’ve stayed connected to all these years,” she said.

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