Shelli Selby elected as new Yukon mayor

Councilwoman Donna Yanda, Councilman Aric Gilliland, sworn in

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Mayor Shelli Selby was elected to fill the seat in Yukon during a Tuesday City Council meeting. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Shelli Selby was elected as the city’s new mayor, and at-large councilman Jeff Wootton was elected vice-mayor at a Tuesday Yukon City Council meeting.

Mayor Selby filled the seat left open by Mike McEachern whose term ended in April.

“I want to begin just by saying how humbled I am to be part of such an exemplary council and in an amazing city of Yukon,” Selby said during comments at the end of the Tuesday night meeting. “I truly believe that this is a council that supports the people and as our council sees a changing of the guard I believe that this council will become even more united in all that they do for you, the citizens.”

Councilwoman Donna Yanda, Ward III, who ran unopposed in a recent election, and newly-elected Councilman Aric Gilliland, Ward IV, were sworn in by Yukon Municipal Judge George Ramey.

Yukon’s Municipal Judge George Ramey swears in Councilwoman Donna Yanda, Ward III, and newly-elected Councilman Aric Gilliland at a Tuesday meeting, May 5. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Yanda said, “I’m just honored to continue to serve the citizens of Yukon. I will continue to serve in my office with an open mind, transparency and make decisions based on what is best for our city, thank you.”

Ramey had a memory about Gilliland he shared as Gilliland’s daughters sat in the audience.

“I’d like to tell the audience, especially these three girls right here, when your dad was in the eighth grade he came over to my home to take my daughter to the eighth grade dance. And I still have that memory in my memory bank,” Ramey said. “So it is a pleasure to swear you in today.”

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Gilliland also had a memory to share.

“I also sat in front of Judge Ramey right here when John Corn had given me a ticket.”

Current Police Chief Corn remembered the incident afterward.

Gilliland said he performed 24 hours of community service for that traffic violation.

“A lot of influence is in this room on my life, all positive. I’m looking forward to continuing those values and lessons I’ve learned growing up in this great community,” Gilliland said.