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Dillon swears in new mayor Kevin Burns, bids farewell to Ron Holland

On Tuesday, April 15, former Dillon mayor pro tem Kevin Burns was sworn into office to begin his four-year term as the town's mayor.

Burns won the only contested municipal race in April. Joining him Tuesday night to take their oaths of office were town councilmen Mark Nickel, Erik Jacobsen and Tim Westerberg, all of whom ran unopposed in their re-election bids.

For Burns, Tuesday's meeting marked the beginning of a new chapter in his public service career, but the moment did not pass without acknowledging his predecessor, who aims to retire to Tucson, Ariz.

"Mayor (Ron) Holland has been such a great member of the Dillon government," Burns said during the meeting. "His passion and commitment will be missed and we are extremely appreciative of his dedication and service.

"We wish him the best in his future endeavors as he retires to Arizona."

The moment wasn't wasted on Holland, either, who saw his six years of service to the town of Dillon officially come to a close.

"It has been an honor to serve the town of Dillon both as a council member and mayor over the past six years," Holland said in a prepared statement. "This community will always hold a special place in my heart and I am excited about the future of Dillon."

As one of its first orders of business, the Dillon Town Council appointed Mark Heminghous as police chief. Heminghous comes from the Frisco Police Department, where he served as a sergeant for about the last 10 years.