Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Congratulations to our local public officials across the Commonwealth who were sworn into office this week. Each of these private individuals made a decision to engage in the public arena as candidates for public office. The commitment of time, effort and energy required to be a public servant is easily underestimated and our newly sworn officials deserve our support, and our thanks.
I was inspired watching Gloucester City Hall swell with civic pride as members of the School Committee and City Council joined Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken to take the oath of office in a city hall auditorium filled with members of the community. City Clerk Linda Lowe, in what must be a first of its kind, presented the oath of office using a cell phone application of the bible.
Members of the City Council elected Joseph Ciolino President and members of the School Committee selected Jonathan Pope as their Chairperson and the Mayor offered inaugural remarks.
Long-time friend and former Senate Assistant Minority Bob Hedlund was sworn in as the Mayor of Weymouth this week. Governor Charlie Baker administered the ceremonial oath of office to him. Patrick O'Connor was re-elected as the Town Council President.
I also had the honor of attending the inauguration of Attleboro’s Mayor, Kevin Dumas, City Council and School Committee. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was on hand to congratulate him and administer the oath of office.