MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen said goodbye to two longtime board members during Tuesday night’s meeting and also welcomed two new members who were sworn into office along with an incumbent alderman and incumbent mayor.
Third Judicial District Attorney General Berkeley Bell presided over Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony for the three aldermen and Mayor Gary Lawson, who were elected to four-year terms in the Nov. 4 election.
First to be sworn in was Lawson, who was elected unopposed to his third consecutive mayoral term. Lawson was followed by the swearing in of newly elected Aldermen Kathy Roberts and William Blakely, as well as incumbent Alderman Carl Wolfe, who begins his second consecutive term.
Outgoing Vice Mayor Eugene Christian and Wanda Worley-Davidson were also honored during the meeting and were presented plaques of appreciation by the mayor. Worley-Davidson, who chose not to seek re-election, had been on the board for eight years. Christian, who was defeated in the Nov. 4 election, had served 11 years, the last eight of which were as vice mayor.
“It’s sad in a way, but it’s been a pleasure to work with everybody, and this has been an excellent board for the citizens of the town,” Worley-Davidson said.
Christian thanked Mount Carmel residents for giving him the opportunity to serve as alderman for 11 years, and he thanked his fellow board members for allowing him to serve as vice mayor for the past eight years.
“As members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen we can sit up here and pass ordinances and budgets, but in a day-to-day operation where the rubber meets the pavement, it’s Mount Carmel’s most valuable resources that make it work — our town employees,” Christian said.
In other business Tuesday the BMA unanimously approved Thomas Wheeler as vice mayor.
With this new composition of the BMA, Lawson said he will be updating committee appointments and will present those appointments during the December meeting.