Georgetown mayor, city council members sworn in

Dale Ross was sworn in as Georgetowns new mayor May 20.

During the campaign I was blessed to have my best friend and wife, Mickie, with me all the way, Ross said. Im inspired by Georgetowns rich history and the unique charm of our community, Ross said. My message was focused on being a mayor for all of Georgetown, and this is my pledge: I will work tirelessly for the people of Georgetown.

Outgoing Mayor George Garver, who presided over the meeting until Ross was sworn in, said he was honored to serve as the citys mayor for six years.

I would like to thank the people in our city for their sense of caring and understanding of the decision-making process, Garver said. To know first hand how they really feel about our city and how they repeatedly indicate a desire to help in many ways. To them, I say thank you very much. I am deeply indebted to you for your courtesy and the opportunities [you] have provided.

The council also thanked Garver for his service to the city.

Rachael Jonrowe was also sworn in to her second term as city councilwoman for District 6, and Keith Brainard was sworn in to his full term as city councilman for District 2.

What a great time it is to be in Georgetown, Brainard said. The fact that people are moving here just confirms what all of us have known for a long timethis is a great place to live.

After the swearing-in ceremony, City Council elected Jonrowe to serve as mayor pro tem.

Im humbled by this gesture, she said. Im hoping that stepping up to assume the roll of mayor happens very, very rarely, but if it does, Im happy to do so.


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