Norristown Council Appoints Leaders and Committee Assignments for 2013

Both Council President Gary Simpson and Vice President William Caldwell were re-elected to their posts.

Norristown Municipal Council held its annual reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, selecting the president and vice president and assigning committee posts for 2013.

Both councilman Gary Simpson and William Caldwell were re-elected to their posts as president and vice president, respectively. 

Simpson took the opportunity to respond to residents who had come to the meeting to ask council what was being done in response to the recent upswing in violence in Norristown.

"Much of the problems that are occurring in Norristown are not one hundred percent a problem because of the lack of policing," said Simpson. "I think what it is, is that we are faced with a criminal element that is probably indicative to what goes on currently through the nation. This is nothing new."

Simpson went on to note that the economy, high unemployment and a lack of opportunity for young people coupled with a lack of state and federal resources all contribute to the problem.

"I think that council has been pushing very hard to find ways to be a little bit more proactive to those concerns," continued Simpson. "I think the real problem and the real concern is lack of community participation in dealing with a lot of these issues."

Simpson called on residents to speak up in defense of their community.

"I think many of us know who are involved. I think many of us now why it's happening," said Simpson. "But most of us decided not to say anything. I think that is just as damaging as somebody pulling a trigger or stabbing someone."

"I come to the community to ask [them] to get involved," said Simpson. "If this is a community you say you love, that you grew up in, then it is just as much your responsibility as it is ours to ensure this changes and that we go forward on a path that helps with the change to create a stronger, more viable community." 


The following appointments were made to municipal council committees for 2013:

  • The Public Works Committee will be chaired by Marlon Millner and co-chaired by William Caldwell.
  • The Public Safety will be chaired by William Caldwell and co-chaired by Linda Christian.
  • The Finance, Personnel and Administration Committee will be chaired by Cathy Lawrence and co-chaired by Marlon Millner.
  • The Code Committee will be chaired by Linda Christian and co-chaired by Dwayne Royster.
  • The Planning and Economic Development and Business Development Committee will be chaired by Gary Simpson and co-chaired by Dwayne Royster.

Councilwoman Mimi DeSouza was not assigned to a committee for this legislative season and sent Norristown Patch a letter expressing her disappointment over the move.

"While it is the council president’s prerogative to decide how committees will be structured and who among council would sit on these committees, I am disappointed by his decision to not place me on a committee," wrote DeSouza. "I do want to ensure residents of Norristown that even though I will not be on a committee, I will continue to do the hard work to ensure that your tax dollars are used effectively to make Norristown a better place to live."

Simpson declined to comment on the appointments.

Sally19401 January 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
What is this - more game playing by the Council President not allowing Mimi to be on committees? Crazy, crazy, crazy.
Annoyed1 January 09, 2013 at 09:23 PM
This is stupid. People, what is Gary calling on the community to do something really going to do. They know they need to do something, they just don't care. It is getting a bit annoying now. And these stupid marches that change nothing. A march is for the marchers. It is to bring the community together for a common cause and to demonstrate that they are on the same accord, THEN each marcher should go out in the community and DO SOMETHING. These marchers are doing this for show. I think that the urban community in Norristown like this increased violence. Its annoying.
jxjipper January 10, 2013 at 01:25 AM
First of all the SNUB of Mini is a disgrace and she is getting picked on by the BCM. Simpson needs to call out his own peeps and he knows it, but beats around the bush. 50% of the whites and may of the lifetime blacks left in this town are close to or over retirement age. They are not equipped on how to deal with all this $hit because they weren't raised that way. Their kids left 25 years ago, they are on fixed incomes, their houses are paid off and can't afford anything else. They are stuck in a dump (like me) that used to be (until government intervened) a nice place to live. state, county governments dumped their waste here and we pay for it daily in taxes and with or lives.
Mr. Santangelo January 10, 2013 at 04:01 AM
What a sad day for Norristown. Mr Simpson must feel threatened by an educated woman who knows how to get things done. He has chosen politics over doing the right thing. Shame on you Gary!
IgotTheHellOuttaThere January 10, 2013 at 05:17 AM
I heard the state police are out now....
diggity January 10, 2013 at 03:08 PM
What a joke!!! Who r these people. I mean how many people in town no who these so called leaders r?? Like ive said there's no face of norristown! These people probably don't even live in town. Talking about make Lil changes! Hey buddy we need major changes not little ones. All this is is more recycling of the same old shit. Ya got the same for or five people running the show. They need to clean house an start over with fresh new ideas. An start with getting some type of mayor! But we no that's not gonna happen because the money is flowing to well to these council members to change anything! Crooked as half the stop signs in town!! Go put more cameras at red lights ya frigging no good bastards!!!!
Merry skid January 11, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Come on mr Simpkins Lets see the one with the brains and more energy than the energizer bunny gets no committee, but one that doesn't show for council meetings, along with another that has one brain cell (and thats being kind) gets appointed to a committee?


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