Lebanon — The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to elect Sue Prentiss as Lebanon’s mayor.
Prentiss, who has served as assistant mayor for the past two years, will replace Georgia Tuttle, who stepped down after more than eight years in the position.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to have a continued leadership role on the council and take it to the next level,” Prentiss said on Thursday.
She said the election is a great honor and she intends to work hard serving her fellow councilors and citizens the best she can.
Prentiss was first elected to the City Council in 2009, when she ran against longtime city official Ken Morley for an open Ward 1 seat. She was re-elected to the seat for a fifth term earlier this month.
A certified paramedic, Prentiss has held several top positions managing emergency services in New Hampshire.
Prentiss was hired in August as a REPLICA advocate for the National Association of State EMS Officials, where she works to promote and implement interstate compacts for EMS. Before that, she spent six years as the manager of emergency services for Concord Hospital’s emergency department. And between 1999 and 2010, Prentiss was New Hampshire’s trauma coordinator.
She also served as the state’s EMS bureau chief between 2002 and 2010, and has held top administrative positions at local ambulance services as well.
As mayor, Prentiss largely will be responsible for leading City Council meetings, setting the agenda and heading its governance committee. City Councilor Tim McNamara was elected to step into the assistant mayor role, succeeding Prentiss.
City councilors also said goodbye to Tuttle during Wednesday’s meeting, where she was presented with a key to the city and proclamations from Gov. Chris Sununu and the council.
“The things cited in here (the proclamation) that the city accomplished were not my accomplishments. I happened to be sitting in that chair, but it was really the work of this city and the citizens who participated,” Tuttle said in an audio recording of the meeting. “They’re not my achievements, they’re everyone’s achievements, and I only got to be lucky enough to be the mayor during those times.”
The City Council will hold its first regular meeting after this month’s election at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
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