The people have voted
– RIVERVIEW REGISTER
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.
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.