By Don Nelson
Winthrop Town Council member Anne Acheson has been appointed to fill the position of mayor, replacing Sue Langdalen.
Langdalen announced recently that she and her husband, Jim, are moving out of the community. Her resignation is effective Sept. 1.
At last week’s council meeting, council member Gaile Bryant-Cannon suggested that Acheson would be a good choice for mayor, and Acheson agreed to take on the role. The council vote to appoint her was unanimous. The mayor’s position pays $1,000 a month.
Acheson ran unopposed last year to fill the council position vacated by Vern Herrst, who did not seek re-election. Before running for the council position, Acheson was on the town’s planning commission for several years. Her brother, Dave Acheson, served two terms as Winthrop’s mayor.
Acheson is the office manager for TwispWorks. Before moving to the Methow Valley in 2008, she was a procurement systems analyst at The Boeing Co., where she worked for 22 years.
Acheson has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and bachelor’s degree in computing systems from the University of Washington.
Langdalen has served as mayor twice and also was a council member. She ran unopposed in 2013 to fill the mayoral post after Dave Acheson chose not to seek re-election. Langdalen is retired from her long-time position as a teller at Farmer’s State Bank in Winthrop.
The town is seeking applicants to take Acheson’s place on the Town Council. Call 996-2320 for more information.