Councilmember Pat Morton presents outgoing Councilmember Phil Oels with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Portola for all of his years of faithful service to the people in the community. Photo by Jon Kennedy

City of Portola honors Oels for service; swears in new council member

At the last meeting of City Hall in 2022, the Portola city council honored outgoing member Phil Oels, and incoming councilmember Leah Turner was sworn in, along with incumbent councilmember Bill Powers.

Pat Morton presented Oels with a certificate of appreciation, and all of the council members in attendance thanked him for his many years of service to the community. “Serving these many years has been an honor,” Oels said to council.

Turner and Powers each swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” in an oath of office administered by Portola Deputy City Clerk Jason Shaw.

Leah Turner is sworn in as a member of the City of Portola City Council during a regularly scheduled meeting on December 14, 2022.

Council then reorganized and moved for Councilmember Tom Cooley to become Mayor and Councilmember Bill Powers to be made Mayor Pro Tem moving into the new year. Councilmember Stan Peiler was also appointed to serve on the Plumas County Transportation Commission.

2023 will see Tom Cooley serving as Mayor and Bill Powers as Mayor Pro Tem at city council.