BERLIN — Holding to recent tradition, there will be a small inaugural ceremony next Monday to swear in the newly elected or re-elected mayor and city councilors.
The city council will hold a brief work session at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers and then move to the city auditorium at 7 p.m. for the swearing-in ceremony and formal meeting.
Discussing plans at Monday’s work session, Mayor Paul Grenier described inauguration as a celebration of transition in government. The city will recognize retiring City Councilor Mike Gentili for his five years of service on the council and welcome his replacement, Mark Eastman.
Gentili was appointed to the council in 2015 to fill a vacancy and the following year ran and was elected to a full four-year term. He did not run for re-election last fall.
Grenier will be sworn in for his sixth consecutive term as mayor as will veteran councilors Roland Theberge, Denise Morgan and Peter Higbee. All were re-elected. Also serving on the eight-member board are Russell Otis, Mike Rozek, Lucie Remillard and Diana Berthiaume.
Also sworn in will be the newly elected school board members. With the decision by long-time members Nicole Plourde, Denise Valerino and Lynn Moore to step down after their current term, a majority of the five-member board is turning over.
Matt Bureau won the four-year seat on the board and Ann Nolin and Jeanne Charest won two-year seats. Current member Louise Valliere won her bid for another two-year term. The only board member not up for election was Scott Losier.
After the swearing-in ceremony by City Clerk Shelli Fortin, Grenier will deliver a brief inaugural address. At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be a reception in the hall. Light refreshments provided by Jericho Deli will be served. The public is invited to attend.