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Allen Bailey takes reins as mayor of Holtville

December 11, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Allen Bailey, a car dealership manager, was elected mayor by his fellow council members at the Holtville City Council meeting Monday night.

Virginia Samaha was named mayor pro tem during the same meeting.

Bailey, the former mayor pro tem, replaces Victor Gillespie III as mayor.

Bailey, 44, a Holtville resident for 12 years, has served on the council since 1998. He is the general manager for Del Norte Chevrolet in Brawley and a member of Holtville Rotary.

As mayor, Bailey said he would like to see the idea of an industrial park come to "some sort of conclusion. If we can attract commercial-type business, then we can attract retail business," he said.

Another item of primary interest for Bailey is securing a public safety building for the use of police and fire departments.

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Bailey and his wife, Topie, have three children. Topie Bailey is the librarian at Pine School in Holtville and works part-time at the Holtville Library.

Samaha, who has missed a few meetings recently due to illness, was not available for comment on her selection as mayor pro tem.

After the vote, City Clerk Jeanne Miller presented the large-statured Gillespie, 28, with a plaque from the council in appreciation of his term as mayor. It was aptly inscribed to the youngest mayor in the city's history, "the first ever using a signature stamp and the biggest man in town for the biggest job in town."

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