Tammy Carlgren was sworn into office as the newest member of the Ely City Council on Jan. 9 outside of City Hall. Carlgren was appointed by the council to replace former city councilman Randy Lee after he resigned from the post in late 2014. The appointment was made in the City Council’s meeting on Jan. 8, selecting Carlgren over four other candidates, which included Jolene Gardner, Terrilyn Diamond, George Chachas and Michael Bryan.
Shortly after being sworn in, Carlgren said that she is ready to be proactive on the council as she finishes out the last six months of Lee’s term.
“I’m ready to get moving along with the positive improvements that this council started,” Carlgren said.
City of Ely Mayor Melody van Camp was present for Carlgren’s official swearing in and called her the best informed candidate of the five.
“She’s put in a lot of time and been to all the meetings. She’s been doing this for a couple of years so she is well aware of everything that has been going on within the city,” Van Camp said.
Carlgren has been an outspoken supporter of the current city council, having spoken favorably of their actions over the past year regarding the Nevada Northern Railway in both the public comment sections of the council’s meetings and on social media. Her strong belief in the city council’s actions caused mild drama outside of a council meeting last year, when Rick Stork accused her of insulting people who signed his recall petitions for the current council members.
Carlgren said that the reason she went out for the position was to have some “authority” behind her for some of her ideas to help the community.