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Administrative assistant Julie Fisher talks with new Sweet Home City Councilman Cortney Nash before his first council meeting Tuesday evening. 

SWEET HOME — Cortney Nash, the newest member of the City Council, was sworn in Tuesday evening along with incumbents Greg Mahler, Susan Coleman and Diane Gerson.

Nash, 41, is a Sweet Home native and will serve a two-year term. The incumbents were elected to four-year terms. Mahler will remain as mayor after a vote of his fellow councilors and Gerson will succeed David Trask as mayor pro-tem.

Nash works for Weyerhaeuser and also owns KillZone Archery.

“I’m just getting my feet wet,” he said after his first meeting. “I’m concerned about the effects of drugs on our community. I hope to help us figure out how to make a difference on that issue.”

Nash is a 1995 Sweet Home High School graduate and attended Linn-Benton Community College. He and his wife, Kimi, have three children: Kourtney, Devon and Ava.

He volunteers with the Sweet Home Sweet Ride Charity Car Show, the Kiwanis Club and Elks Lodge.

He said he was encouraged to run for a council seat by his friend, Larry Angland.

In addition to dealing with drug abuse issues, Nash said he hopes to focus on attracting more businesses into the community and filling up empty buildings.

He is also concerned about people roaming the community in the early hours of the morning and with thefts.

During the election season, Nash said, “There is no reason for anyone to be on private grounds uninvited and disrespecting other’s property.”

Mahler, 55, is operations manager at Hoy’s Ace Hardware and Home Improvement Center.

He has served on the council for 12 years and completed his first term as mayor.

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He has been a volunteer firefighter for 31 years and was a reserve deputy with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Coleman, 46, is a legislative assistant for state Rep. Sherrie Sprenger.

Coleman chaired the Sweet Home Capitol Christmas Tree Committee, is the council representative on the Chamber of Commerce governing board and chaired the Traffic Safety Committee.

Gerson is a retired public school teacher and administrator.

She served on the Sweet Home School Board for seven years and for five years chaired the Linn County Commission on Children and Families.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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