Nexsen departs, new Mayor Sheehy takes over
Lake Havasu City residents crammed into the City Council chambers, leaving a standing room only to witness newly elected mayor Cal Sheehy get sworn in and watch former mayor Mark Nexsen receive gifts and gratitude for his 12 years as mayor.
Nexsen received the gavel he has used the last 12 years while leading the council. Sheehy read a proclamation declaring Nov. 27, 2018 Mark Steven Nexsen Day in Havasu. He also presented Nexsen with a key to the city.
The City Council gifted Nexsen a custom sculpture made of wood to commemorate the London Bridge, metal to symbolize the passing of a torch and stone from the London Bridge. Jaque Meng, of The Q Art Gallery, made the sculpture, and used stone remnant from the bridge.
Tatum Bracamonte, of the Havasu Youth Advisory Council, presented Nexsen with a mug with photos of past Youth Advisory Councils. Nexsen helped establish the Youth Advisory Council in 2010. The council brings youth issues to the city council and by helping its members network in their community.
Nexsen thanked city staff and council members for supporting him during his time as mayor. He also thanked citizens for trusting him to lead Havasu.
“You made my job a heck of a lot easier because you would always communicate with me and let me know what we were doing right and maybe not so right,” Nexsen said to Havasu residents. “And you did it always in such a respectful manner.”