RIVERTON — Patricia Tingey, the widow of 10-year Riverton City Councilman Roy Tingey, who died in June, has been appointed to fill her late husband's seat.

The council decision was a tie between Tingey and Jason Best, out of five candidates. As dictated by state law, her appointment was part of a tiebreaker in which her name was pulled from a box.

“I have my own mind,” Tingey said, “and I will vote having listened to constituents and working in cooperation with the members of City Council to make a positive difference in the community I love.”

Tingey was sworn in by City Recorder Virginia Loader last month.

“As I thought about someone who could fulfill the hard parts of council service, I felt confident that (Tingey) would jump in and meet each challenge,” Councilman Brent Johnson said.

“Just as Roy served with honor, I know you will serve with the same honor," added Councilman Paul Wayman. "We look forward to working with you.”

Tingey will complete the current term for District 2 through Dec. 31, 2015.

“(Tingey) is well-informed on city issues,” Mayor Bill Applegarth said. “She will be a great addition to the City Council.”