Alamosa City Clerk Judy Egbert, right, administers the oath of office to the newest member of the Alamosa City Council, Ty Coleman, left, during Wednesday night’s council meeting. The city council selected Coleman to fill out the remaining two years of Josef Lucero’s at-large term. The seat became vacant when Lucero was elected mayor. Coleman was selected from among eight applicants for the vacancy. Coleman is the director of rural business and residential lending operations for the Community Resources & Housing Development Corporation and has lived in Alamosa about three years. “This was a tough selection,” Alamosa Councilman Charles Griego said after last night’s swearing-in ceremony. “We had some really good candidates.” Mayor Lucero added, “It was a tough decision … but in the end Mr. Coleman, you were our choice and we welcome you.” Also, last night the council unanimously selected Griego as mayor pro tem for the next two years. Although Councilors Rusty Johnson and Coleman said they had considered seeking the post, they added did not believe they had the time to devote to it at this point. Griego said he was interested in serving as mayor pro tem, especially since this might be his last two years on council. Clerk Egbert also announced to the council during last night’s meeting she would be retiring on May 1 and would begin working with the council in the selection process for her replacement. City Manager Heather Brooks told the council the process had already begun to fill the vacancy that will also be transpiring this year when Public Works Director Don Koskelin retires. Further news from last night’s council meeting will be shared in upcoming Courier editions.