The Jackson Town Council will have a new look as it welcomes two new faces Monday morning in an Oath of Office Ceremony, including current Vice-Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson being sworn in as the town’s new mayor.
Jessica Sell Chambers, a political consultant, and Jim Rooks, a retired longtime educator, will be sworn in to the council. The pair will fill the seats opened by two-term Councilor Jim Stanford’s departure from the council — Stanford opted not to run for reelection — and Vice-Mayor Morton Levinson.
Chambers and Rooks defeated current Mayor Pete Muldoon in the November election. Muldoon’s bid to move from the mayor’s seat, which he has held for the last four years, to a Town Council seat was dogged by a 2018 sexual assault allegation which became publicly known after an open-records request by a Jackson political activist led to two pages of a more-than-400-page Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations report being released to the woman and subsequently circulated by email and then social media.
Muldoon has steadfastly denied the allegation, calling the disclosure “a political witch hunt.” He formally filed an Ethics Violation Complaint against Teton County Attorney Erin Weisman for her office giving the OK to the Teton County Sheriff's Office to release the information about the allegation after no charges were brought following an in-depth investigation by the DCI.
The full report, which was obtained by the Jackson Hole News&Guide, the Jackson Hole Daily’s sister paper, included hundreds of text messages between Muldoon and his accuser, even for weeks after she had filed her sexual assault allegation with law enforcement.
The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. and can be viewed live on the town’s website at https://www.jacksonwy.gov/290/Watch-a-Meeting-Online. The new council members and Morton Levinson will all take their oaths of office in person.
“I am excited to take office and start working with the new council,” Morton Levinson said. “I look forward to building our team and working on our community’s goals. We have some hard challenges facing our town, but know we can work together to focus on the needs of our community.”