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Palm Beach Town Council Appoints a New President

On Tuesday, in front of a packed house at Town Hall, the Town of Palm Beach Town Council added a new member to its ranks, and appointed a new president.

The Town Council took steps in order to fill two empty seats left by former Council President Richard Kleid, whose retirement took effect that day. Kleid served as Town Council President for 3 years, and spent 13 years as a member.

In the wake of Kleid’s retirement, a council vote for the new president took place, and ended in a 3-2 split decision in favor of Council Member Danielle H. Moore, who now holds the position pro tempore.

Moore has served as Chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee, and a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. She is on the board of eight charities, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from Duke University. First elected to Town Council in 2015 after a contentious election with Bill Diamond, Moore was re-appointed to the council unopposed in 2017.

Sworn in as a newly-appointed member is Lew Crampton, who triumphed over Harris S. Fried in the recent election, by 465 votes. Lew Crampton is President and CEO of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Chairman of The Citizens of Palm Beach, Incorporated, Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and is the former Chairman of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach; a position he resigned from in order to dedicated himself to his run for council.

Palm Beach Town Council Appoints a New President

According to Crampton, he already has his sights set on improving town operations and finances, stating, “I plan to be a rust-less screw in the machine of progress.”

The changes have brought about a sense of newness and enthusiasm amongst the city officials. Kleid praised the efforts of the city officials. He addressed the almost at capacity Town Hall, adding, “I am convinced that every Town Council person and every Mayor does the best job that they can…I applaud them for that, and I feel optimistic about the future.”

Councilperson Margaret Zeidman shared Kleid’s sentiments, stating “In all my years in leadership positions, I just want you to know that I sit up here with one of the most thoughtful, independent, ethical, courageous group of leaders. I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

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Zeidman and Bobbie Lindsay were also sworn in, earning their nominations at the Town Caucus on January 9th, after running unopposed.

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