With a full audience of invited guests and a flourish of music, the new mayor of Terrace and city council were sworn in last night at the city council chambers.
Led by two RCMP officers in red serge, Carol Leclerc, wearing the mayor’s emblem of office, gave the invited guests spilling into the hall, including Terrace RCMP inspector Dana Hart and fire chief John Klie, a low-five as she walked past them into the chambers followed by council members.
Major Warrick Pilgrim of the local Salvation Army gave an opening prayer and then chief city administrative officer Heather Avison set about to swear in Leclerc at the podium.
Leclerc asked city freeman Bill McRae, sitting in the front row with his wife Helene, to join her as she read her oath and signed in.
Avison then swore in the councillors, starting with the incumbents Lynn Christiansen, Brian Downie, James Cordeiro and Stacey Tyers and then the new council members, Sean Bujtas and Michael Prevost.
After she was sworn in and sat down, Lynne Christiansen gave Stacey Tyers a high five.
After everyone was sworn in, Leclerc invited the guests to stay to mingle.
The new council will serve four years, an increase over previous terms of office of three years.