The newest term of Terrace’s mayor and councillors were ceremonially sworn into office last night.
Mayor Dave Pernarowski and councillors Lynne Christiansen, Bruce Bidgood, Brian Downie, Marylin Davies, Stacey Tyers and James Cordeiro each took their oath of office before interim corporate administrator Heather Nunn and a crowd that stretched beyond the entrance of the council chambers.
The oath involved each pledging qualification to hold office, not to knowingly contravene the local government act, to faithfully perform duties, not to allow private interest to interfere with public duties, and to disclose conflict of interest and not participate in discussions or votes related to such matters.
In closing, Major Rosa Moulton then did the invocation, which is a ceremonial prayer.
After the ceremony, council representatives to the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine were elected by secret ballot by those on council.
Bidgood and Pernarowski were chosen by fellow council members to be representatives with the regional district.
Back-up representatives were also chosen, and should Parnarowski or Bidgood be unable to attend a meeting Cordeiro or Downie will attend in place.
Also at the meeting, Pernarowski acknowledge the recent death of Coast Mountains school board chair Barry Pankhurst.
“Our condolences and prayers are with Barry’s family tonight,” he said, initiating a moment of silence amongst all who were in attendance that evening.