Taylor sworn into office

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City of Noblesville attorney Mike Howard swears in District 3 Common Councilman Rick Taylor as his wife, Sandy Taylor, holds a Bible during the council meeting Aug. 9. Taylor was selected to fill Dale Snelling’s seat after his death last month.

It wasn’t the way Rick Taylor envisioned it, but the Noblesville Common Council now has all seven seats filled as Taylor was sworn in as the District 3 councilman on Aug. 9. The seat was formerly held by Dale Snelling, who resigned from the position last month – days before his unfortunate passing at the age of 75 on July 18.

“You have very big shoes to fill but I know you will do a great job filling those,” Council President Mark Boice told Taylor after he took the oath of office.

After serving the community for almost two decades, Snelling announced earlier this year that he would not seek a sixth term as District Three councilman. Taylor won the May primary for the District Three seat and is not facing any challenger in the November election.

To fill the open spot on the council, the five precinct committee members from District Three in Noblesville voted unanimously to elect Taylor – the lone applicant for the position – to fill the remaining time of Snelling’s term through January.

“I would have liked to leave the seat open for awhile,” said Taylor. “I will fill that chair but the seat will remain open because it is hard to replace that experience.”

Taylor, who retired as the Assistant Chief of the Noblesville Fire Department, said he sees his time on the council as a great opportunity.

“I look forward to serving the public again,” he said.

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