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Steve Buchanan is settling into his new position as Gunnison's mayor after serving 10 years on the City Council.

He was appointed by the council to succeed Linda Malmgren Mickelsen, who was elected to the position last year. She resigned after marrying Glen Mickelsen and moving to Sevier County.Although any Gunnison resident could have been selected to fill the unexpired term, City Council members said they felt it was important to choose someone who had been elected to a city office, indicating approval by residents.

Named to fill Buchanan's council seat was Brian Jensen, a former candidate for the City Council.

Saying the council can accomplish more "when we have something we're shooting for," the new mayor asked council members to create a list of goals for their respective assigned departments and responsibilities.