KENNETH CITY — It's official. Teresa Zemaitis is the real mayor of Kenneth City now that residents decisively voted to retroactively change the town charter to allow public employees to serve as mayor.
Zemaitis, who teaches reading to 10th graders at Dixie Hollins High School, won the mayor's seat last March in a landslide election. But because the charter barred any public employees from serving as mayor, she was given the title of mayor pro tem until voters could decide whether to retroactively change the charter. The change, which was approved by 440 (62 percent) of the 709 people who voted on the issue, allows any public employee, except those who work for Kenneth City, to serve as mayor.
Voters also completed the purge of the old guard that they began last year when Zemaitis defeated then-Mayor Muriel Whitman. The remaining member of the old guard, Al Carrier, came in fourth in a field of four for the two open council seats with 203 votes (16 percent). Winners of the two council seats were incumbent Wanda Dudley, who led with 406 votes (32 percent) and Joanne DeSimone, with 346 votes (27 percent), edging Ron Neuberger (328 votes, 26 percent).