Susman takes over as Truckee’s mayor |

Susman takes over as Truckee’s mayor

Josh Susman replaced Ted Owens as Truckee mayor and Craig Threshie took over the vice-mayor position at Thursday’s council meeting.

Owens, who showed emotion during the exchange, thanked the people of Truckee for the opportunity to serve them as mayor, before handing the gavel to Susman.

“I still think that public service is an honorable thing,” said Owens, adding the job had always been challenging and never easy, “but I don’t think that anything that’s worth it ever is.”

Owens held his grandfather’s gavel, and a nameplate of a family member who served as a councilor in Texas as he turned the job over to Susman.

“Nowhere else will ever hold me like this place does,” Owens said.

Susman’s family was in attendance, and former Mayor Maia Schneider addressed the audience before the council meeting continued.

“When Ted came to me and told me he wanted to run for mayor, I couldn’t think of anyone better for the job,” she said. “I have never seen anyone grab the job so seriously and run with it so far. You made me proud and you made the Town of Truckee proud.”

Susman, who has been a Truckee resident since 1981, will serve his second term as mayor. He said that the coming year will be an important one for the town.

“There are a tremendous amount of issues that face the town, and I would ask the community to pay attention and be involved,” he said. “I believe that one person can make a difference for the benefit of the community.”

Susman, who was elected to the council in 1996, is a founding member and past president of the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation. His wife Jan and two sons David and Jonathan were present at the meeting.

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