The McKinney City Council looks a little different as of Tuesday, with the presentation of incoming at-large Councilman Frederick Frazier and District 2 Councilman Rainey Rogers. District 4 Councilman Rick Franklin, who was absent Tuesday due to a longstanding prior commitment, will take his place on the dais June 18.
Rogers, who begins his second term, ran unopposed in the May 4 election and said he looks forward to his continued work with the council. He and other council members welcomed Frazier and Franklin.
“I was excited when these two gentlemen stepped up to run and even more excited to serve with them,” he said. “I think Rick is old McKinney, he is somebody who knows McKinney probably better than most of us up here and he wants to see McKinney grow right, and so I look forward to working with him. Frederick, I just met him on the campaign trail and have been very excited to see the things that he's done in the past and look forward to seeing that transition to helping the city of McKinney.”
Frazier, who won the at-large seat over two other candidates, thanked his wife at Tuesday’s special meeting and noted his past experience in politics.
“I know the game well and understand it and am ready to play,” he said.
As Mayor George Fuller took in his surroundings, he hoped Rath would observe the meeting from her former seat at the dais. He said it’s now an “odd landscape.”
“But I'm going to miss you dearly,” he told Rath. “You are well-loved throughout this community and certainly from up here on the dais we are going to miss you. You've been an unbelievable mentor and example.”
With Rath’s exit this term, council voted during Tuesday’s regular meeting to elect Rogers the new mayor pro tem.
Councilman Scott Elliott made the initial nomination for Rogers.
“I've had the pleasure and somewhat unique perspective of observing my neighbor for some period of time to my left,” he said. “I have seen the dedication he has and seen his thought processes and I've seen him stand on principle, and I've seen him step in for George during previous year as mayor pro tem.”
The nomination was supported by Frazier, Fuller and Councilman Charlie Philips.
Councilman La’Shadion Shemwell nominated himself as mayor pro tem, citing his consistent attendance at every regular City Council meeting.
“I think it's important to have somebody that is going to be here in the absence of the mayor,” he said. “It's unprecedented – you never see people nominate themself – but I nominate myself.”
The council voted unanimously on the appointment.