New Proctorville mayor outlines his goals for new administration

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 13, 2011

PROCTORVILLE — Maintaining the safety of the village is on the top of the agenda for the new mayor of Proctorville.

Tuesday night Rick Dunfee, currently the village’s administrator, beat out five other opponents for the top job in the village, drawing 43 percent of the vote.

Now, Dunfee is mapping out the first things he wants to accomplish in his new administration.

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“We have several little things in the making like buying a new cruiser,” Dunfee said.

But also the new mayor wants to start an informal program designed to offer peace of mind to the senior citizens in the community.

“We have a lot of older seniors who worry about their well-being,” he said. “They worry about somebody breaking in on them. I want to get with our police chief and talk with the older people about their concerns that we can address and that we are watching over them.”

Dunfee hopes to start that program in the first few months of the new year.

“It is something we did years ago,” the mayor said. “It is a good thing. There is an officer on duty to assist them.”

Dunfee will finish out the year as village administrator, a post he has held for 14 years. Right now plans are to promote Mark Root, currently assistant to the administrator, to Dunfee’s job.

“It looks like we are going to have an assistant transfer to administrator,” Dunfee said. “That is tentative. We haven’t sat down with council. … It is too early in the game. Let the other mayor and council do their thing.”

Currently Councilman Dale Burcham is acting mayor, taking the post on the death of Charles Stapleton in July. Also on Tuesday Burcham was elected to his second term on the Proctorville council.