That didn't take long.
Just minutes into his first meeting as a member of the Las Vegas City Council, conservative former lawmaker Bob Beers was dishing out quips and casting a skeptical eye toward politically popular spending proposals.
Unlike others to join the council in recent years who stayed in the background during their first meeting, Beers, an accountant by trade, jumped quickly into the fray.
"Just getting elected is probably a poor performance indicator for public service, so let's get working," he said moments after being sworn in.
A few minutes later, during a presentation by Chief Financial Officer Mark Vincent about working to keep unfunded liabilities under control, Beers, who represents Ward 2, cracked wise about his days in the Legislature, where he was an outspoken critic of public spending.
"I think in my 10 years in Carson City I never heard the words 'budget discipline' in the same sentence," Beers said.
Later, he joined Councilman Bob Coffin, another former state legislator, in casting a vote against issuing $8.5 million in bonds to pay for reopening F Street under Interstate 15.
Beers and Coffin were the only "no" votes on the proposal, going against the council majority and many residents in the largely black neighborhood near the closed portion of the street.
"This is going to be $800,000 of cash flow per year for the next 10 years the City Council will not be able to use to respond to capital emergencies," Beers said. "I can't tie up the city's financial hands like this in good conscience."
During the discussion, Beers acknowledged the historic toll that the placement of I-15 took on the community.
Afterward Beers offered to spend time with Councilman Ricki Barlow, who represents the F Street neighborhood.
"It is a shame that we plunked down Interstate 15 right smack in the middle of this very significant historical neighborhood in the middle of this city," Beers said.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who supported Planning Commissioner Ric Truesdell, Beers' chief opponent in the Ward 2 special election, noted Beers' busy day on the council and contrasted it with her own first meeting as mayor, which also was Coffin's first meeting as a councilman.
"Boy, he is having a good day, first day out," Goodman cracked. "Councilman Coffin and I were virtually tongue-tied silent."
Beers was appointed to three regional and one city committee.
The regional committees are the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, the Southern Nevada Health District and the Oversight Panel for School Facilities.
The city appointment is to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository Committee.
Contact reporter Benjamin Spillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.