Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: From left, Pima Vice-Mayor Dale Rogers and Mayor C.B. Fletcher take the oath of office. Both men were unanimously voted by the Pima Town Council to retain their respective positions.
Fletcher, Rogers unanimously reappointed as mayor and vice-mayor, respectively
By Jon Johnson
PIMA – The more things change throughout the town of Pima, the more the core Pima Town Council stays the same, and that’s just how they like it.
Pima Mayor C.B. Fletcher and Vice-Mayor Dale Rogers were both unanimously voted by the Pima Town Council during its Tuesday night meeting to keep their respective positions. Fletcher and Rogers then both took their oath of office and were sworn in by Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis.
Fletcher, a lifelong Pima resident who attended and graduated from Pima schools, was initially appointed to the council in February 2016 to fulfill former councilor Don Carter’s term after Carter moved away. Fletcher was elected to his seat that same year in the primary and was later appointed by the Pima Town Council in January 2017 to become its mayor.
“You folks in Pima are lucky, you’ve got a great council with one intention in mind – let’s make Pima the very best place to live here in Graham County,” Fletcher said.
In Pima and Thatcher, the mayor position is chosen by the council and not by a direct vote from the people. The council selects and votes on a candidate for mayor from their own ranks. The same is done for vice-mayor.
Fletcher, who also previously served as the Pima Police Chief from 1994 to 2001, said he is proud to serve the town.
He added that when he was in high school he lost the student body presidency by one vote when he didn’t vote for himself, so this time, he made sure to vote for the appointment.
Rogers was initially appointed to the council in September 2013 to fulfill Sherri Rozzell’s term after she stepped down for health reasons. Coincidentally, Rogers was chosen for the appointment over Fletcher and now current councilor Deborah Barr.
Rogers and Barr were then both elected to their seats in 2014 and sworn in during the council’s January 2015 meeting. In December 2014, Rogers was also unanimously voted as vice-mayor by the council.
He said he initially joined the council for his love of the area and his desire to be a part of shaping its future.
“I just decided to be a part of the council and help out wherever I can,” Rogers said. “It’s a good community . . . and I just decided to be able to give back I guess.”