Residents of Spaniard’s Bay got the chance to attend the swearing in ceremony for four new councillors, alongside newly elected mayor Paul Brazil.
Brazil took his place in the mayor’s chair at the beginning of the meeting, in the absence of former mayor Tony Menchions, who was in Labrador working, and could not attend in person.
However, Brazil, who spent the previous term serving the town as deputy mayor, read aloud a letter addressed to council from Menchions.
“It is with regrets that I am unable to attend the swearing in ceremony,” the letter read. “But in doing so, I would like to welcome the new and former members of the newly elected Spaniard’s Bay council. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours on council. Also, I would like to, congratulate (Brazil) on becoming mayor. Nothing would please me more than to be there tonight to pass the chain of office to Paul. Again, all the best to our newly elected council.”
No other members of the former council were present at the ceremony, save for returning councillors Eric Jewer and Tracy Smith. However, former mayor John Drover made an appearance, as acknowledged by Brazil, as well as several councillors.
The swearing in ceremony began in Spaniard’s Bay with town manager Tony Ryan swearing in Brazil, who once again took his seat in the mayor’s chair as the newly elected council was sworn in simultaneously.
Alongside Coun. Jewer and Coun. Smith, newly elected members of council included Coun. Sherry Lundrigan, Coun. David Smith, Coun. Paul Ryan, and Deputy Mayor Darlene Stamp, who was nominated by Jewer following the ceremony.
“I want to thank our town manager, and our staff, for working with me the last four years. I’m hoping the next four years, we can continue on the same road,” said Brazil. “We had a very large voter turnout – not the largest the town has ever seen, but still above average, so thank you as well to every resident of Spaniard’s Bay that got out to vote. As I look around the table, I see some people that I’ve worked with in the past, and I’m sure that we’ll make a great team as we move into the next four years.”
Following Brazil’s speech, councillors were also given the opportunity to say a few words. Councillors took this chance to also thank the residents for their votes, and noted their excitement for the upcoming term.
The next regular council meeting for Spaniard’s Bay is set to be held on Monday, Oct. 16.