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Flower Mound council appoints Wise to open seat

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Mark Wise
Mark Wise

The Flower Mound Town Council on Saturday appointed Mark Wise to the vacant Place 1 council seat.

Wise’s appointment passed 3-1, with councilman Itamar Gelbman casting the only dissenting vote.

Wise served two terms on town council from 2011 to 2015. He did not file for reelection this past May. He previously served on Flower Mound’s Board of Adjustments and the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals. Wise is a Realtor and his wife and their two sons have lived in Flower Mound since 1996.

Wise will be sworn in at this Monday night’s town council meeting and fulfill the remainder of the first-year, unexpired term that runs until next May. Wise stated that he does not intend to run for election next May.

“I’m very humbled, there were a lot of good people in that room with us this morning. I’m not planning on running again and I want to encourage all of those folks to continue to look into serving,” said Wise.

“I’m going to treat everybody right and as I always have, I am going to look at all sides of an issue and do what I think is right for Flower Mound and what the majority of people want. I would like to help bring everybody together because that has to happen to move the town forward.”

Twenty residents threw their hats into the ring to fill the open seat left by the Oct. 20 resignation of Brian Rountree. Three applicants were disqualified because they did not meet the voter registration or residency tenure requirements.

Among the applicants were 10 previous or current town boards and commissions members and past town council members.

“The folks who have expressed an interest to serve our community, the folks who previously served our community and offered their services again at this time when we need them speaks volumes,” said councilman Bryan Webb.  “My hats off to you and you have my sincere thanks.”

Gelbman said that he was amazed at the quality of people that applied for the seat and encouraged them to stay active in the community and apply again for future boards and commissions openings.

“I am looking forward to serve with Mark Wise. I think him and his wife are probably one of the sweetest and nicest couples I have ever met in my life,” said Gelbman.

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