TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – The Twin Falls City Council welcomed its newest member at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Christopher Reid was sworn into office by Mayor Shawn Barigar. After he took his seat on the council the mayor asked if he’d like to say anything to the audience. Reid declined, saying he’ll have plenty of time to speak in the future.

Reid told News Radio 1310 in a separate interview after the meeting that he is looking forward to learning his duties and continuing to meet and serve the people of Twin Falls. He also has been assigned to the Transportation Committee and will serve as the city’s liaison for Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday, he already put his signature on a couple of documents and said he had plenty of city reading material that will keep him busy for a while.

Reid replaces Don Hall, who in November was elected to the Twin Falls County Commission.

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Hall, who was honored at the same meeting for his years of service with the city, said he is excited for Reid’s appointment and has full confidence that he will serve well.

Members of the council expressed appreciation to Hall, saying it was a pleasure to serve with him. Barigar thanked Hall for his service as both a mayor and councilman.

Councilwoman Ruth Pierce said Hall would push the button on her desk, letting the mayor know she had a comment, whenever Hall thought she should speak during meetings.

"I won't miss that," she said, drawing laughter from the audience.

Hall promised that as a county commissioner he will make sure the county works well with the city on important issues, because, he said, “we serve the same people.”

Also at the meeting, the council approved Gretchen G. Scott as the city's new human resources director, which will take effect on Jan. 23.

City Manager Travis Rothweiler, who presented Scott at the meeting, said the city conducted a nationwide search to fill the position left vacant by outgoing director Susan Harris and wound up with 19 “very qualified” applicants. But besides her career skills, Rothweiler said Scott stood out among the candidates because of her commitment to the local community.

Scott, who has served in progressively more complex roles with the city since 1999, currently serves as the city's human resources analyst and risk manager.

She thanked her predecessor, Susan Harris, and said she looks forward to serving in her new capacity.

Barigar welcomed her to the position, calling her “Gretchen 'Great' Scott.”