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Status quo in Houghton

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton Clerk Ann Vollrath swears in Mayor Pro Tem Robert Megowen, Councilor Daniel Salo and Mayor Bob Backon at Tuesday’s reorganizational meeting.

HOUGHTON — The leadership of Houghton’s City Council will look the same over the next two years.

The council re-elected Bob Backon as mayor and Robert Megowen as mayor pro tem in Tuesday’s reorganizational meeting. Both were chosen 4-0 to serve two-year terms.

Backon praised the work the council has done.

“I certainly will try to do the things that make me proud to live in this community and represent this community and all of the people here as well,” he said. “I think we are moving in the right direction.”

Megowen agreed.

“I plan to keep everything going forward the way it is,” he said. We’ve got a great staff and a great organization.”

Megowen, Backon and Councilor Daniel Salo were also sworn in at the meeting after being re-elected on Nov. 6. Councilor Mike Needham, who was also re-elected but could not attend Tuesday’s meeting, was sworn in earlier Tuesday, City Manager Eric Waara said.

There were no revisions to the council’s rules of procedure and policy.

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