Life after Town Council
Two outgoing town council members are looking to the future now that their time on Truckee Town Council has been served.
After four years on town council, Beth Ingalls and Craig Threshie stepped down at Thursday’s town council meeting. Reflecting on their time on the council, Ingalls, Threshie, and those that worked with them considered their greatest accomplishments and challenges ” and talked about what working for the town was like.
Newly-elected Mayor Richard Anderson, who spent two years working with Ingalls and Threshie, said he was sorry to see them go.
“I thought this was a council made of intelligent individuals with a lot of care for the town,” Anderson said. “These will be big shoes to fill.”
Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens, who also spent time on the council with Ingalls and Threshie, said the pair began their service with many expectations placed on them, and both performed the job honorably and admirably.
“It’s truly a sacrifice to serve your community,” Owens said at the meeting. “You’ve done a good job of representing different factions of a shared community.”
Ingalls said she entered the council with environmental goals and an anti-development sentiment.
“I think I was able to make Truckee greener and more sustainable. We have policies in place now that we didn’t have then,” Ingalls said.
Threshie said he started out with a focus on completing the General Plan update using his background in architecture.
“One of my primary goals was being able to complete the General Plan update,” Threshie said. “I am thrilled to say I was successful in my primary focus ” that I accomplished that.”
Both council members encountered a series of challenges over the years ” whether it was mediating opposing interests or casting difficult votes.
Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said that the council faced a challenge with the General Plan update that could only be compared to the challenges faced by Truckee’s first town council.
Ingalls and Threshie both put in hours and hours as council members between committees, traveling to meetings and just doing their homework on the issues.
“Being mayor was an extensive time commitment. I would put in 30 to 40 hours a week,” Threshie said. “The three years as a council member ” not the mayor ” we would put in 15 to 20 hours a week.”
Moving forward, Ingalls and Threshie said they plan to spend more time with their families, and both plan to stay involved in the community.
“It’s really been an experience that transcends what can happen in the work world. The work I have done here on the dais is probably the most important work I will ever do,” Threshie said at Thursday’s meeting.
“I want to thank everybody for letting me do this,” Ingalls said at the meeting. “I hope I’ve done a good job ” I feel like I’ve done the best I can do.”
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