Congratulations to the incumbents and newcomers

The people have voted

Paula Neuman

Riverview voters shook up the City Council, putting two newcomers — Chuck Norton and Suzanne O’Neill — into the seats of two long-serving councilmen — Thomas Coffey and Elmer Trombley. Councilwoman Lynn Blanchette was returned to her post.

Twenty-four percent of the city’s voters cast ballots Nov. 5, re-electing Mayor Andrew Swift, who ran unopposed, and approving a charter amendment to allow posting notices and ordinances on the city’s website or public access stations as an alternative to newspaper publication.

From left to right, Lynn Blanchette, Chuck Norton and Suzanne O’Neil

Coffey, 81, a retired police deputy chief, has served on the council for 22 years. Trombley, 82, has served for 38 years. He retired in 2006, after working for Wayne County as a journeyman welder and mechanic. He worked for McLouth Steel from 1958-96. Between them, Coffey and Trombley have 60 years of experience on the council.

Newly elected Chuck Norton, 49, is a volunteer chaplain and addiction counselor for the U.S. First Responders Association, and a volunteer firearms training facilitator for his wife’s business, Liberty Defensive Training LLC. He was a production supervisor with GKN Sinter Metals until he was injured in a 2003 accident and forced to take a medical retirement.

O’Neil, 45, works as a supervisor in a medical office, and her husband works for the city’s Police Department.

Blanchette, 71, a former optician, has been on the council for 28 years.

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