|Holliday appointed to Gering City Council Ward IV|
|July 31, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Phillip Holliday - New Ward IV Council Representative
Phillip Holliday has been sworn in as a member of the Gering City Council in Ward IV. The interim position is to complete the final four months of former council member Jill McFarland, who resigned in early July.
Holliday, who will appear on the November ballot for Ward IV council, was the only person who applied to fill the interim position once the council declared the seat vacant.
During his interview prior to appointment, Holliday shared his interest with council members. “Gering has been aggressive over the past years to encourage growth and improve the quality of life,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to live here and want to give back to the community.”
Holliday is a graduate of the Leadership Scotts Bluff program and has served on its board. He also serves on the board of Twin Cities Development and has been a board member of Next Young Professionals.
For the past seven years, Holliday has been a member of the management team at Nebraska Transport Company. He said the skills he has developed in leadership, vision, communication, hard work and desire will help him to be a successful member of the city council.
When asked about intergovernmental cooperation, Holliday said Gering should always be open to working with Scottsbluff, the county and other agencies to give a unified voice to be effectively represented in state government.
After a few additional questions about his background, council members voted unanimously to approve Holliday as a member in Ward IV.
In other action, council president Don Christensen expressed his concern over council member absenteeism. At the board’s last meeting, votes from Mayor Ed Mayo were required because there wasn’t a quorum.
“We need to look at ourselves and ask whether we really need to miss these meetings,” he said. “This is something that happens quite frequently. I know it’s hard for a lot of us because we have other obligations, but we need to give some thought to our absences.”