Workman in, Ryan out in Riverview Council race; Swift, Trombley retain seats

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW — One councilman lost his seat while the other two will continue their tenure for another four years after Tuesday’s general election.

Dean Workman and incumbents Andrew Swift and Jim Trombley received the top votes in the election with 1,067, 1,040, and 896, respectively, to win seats on the council.

Incumbent David Ryan received 618 votes, which put him fourth. He will be allowed to return to the council if another member vacates a seat.

Ryan had a similar outcome in the 2011 council election, but was offered an opportunity to sit on the council when Councilwoman Betty Priskorn resigned from office in November 2012.

Workman was previously police chief and spent 10 years as the city manager.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with the mayor and council to get a lot of things accomplished for the city.”

Trombley and Swift have completed four-year terms and will serve until 2017. The remaining half of the council seats, along with the mayor, won’t be voted on until November 2015.

Swift said he was happy with the outcome of the election, but would have liked to have received the most votes.

“I am very pleased with the results of the election,” he said. “I believe it is reflective of the efforts put forward by each of the candidates. Although I am disappointed with not being the top vote getter, Dean Workman put in an outstanding effort to get elected.”

Calls to Trombley and Ryan were not returned in time for publication.

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