There were many smiling faces in the crowd during the Welcome Reception held in the Town Hall courtyard just prior to the new mayor and council taking office last evening. Familiar faces in the crowd included former Mayor Paul Loomis, former councilmembers Mike Zinkin, Bill Garner, and Dick Johnson. LOVE’s publisher and numerous LOVE contributors were also in attendance.
Afterwards, the crowd moved into Council Chambers for the swearing in ceremony. Immediately after being sworn in, Mayor Winfield gave a very touching and often humorous speech as he introduced himself to the audience. He took a few moments to thank the outgoing mayor and council for their service and included a thoughtful anecdotal story about each one.
One of the more humorous moments came when Winfield mentioned that a resident had warned him that, “Governing is a lot different than campaigning. To which Winfield replied, “I certainly hope so.”
The video of his speech will be published on LOVE next week.
Later in the evening Melanie Barrett was appointed as Vice-Mayor with a unanimous 7-0 vote.
Below are some pictures from the reception and the council meeting.